How to Build a Cross-Functional Team
The best ways to break down silos and collaborate for results
What is a cross-functional team? A cross-functional team is a group of people with a variety of expertise who come together to achieve a common goal. It typically includes employees from all levels of an organization.
When you think about cross-functional teams, which one of these scenarios most closely matches your first reaction?
- They're like "The Avengers"! Everyone brings together their unique super powers to conquer a challenge.
- Cringe! You're having flashbacks to those group projects you hated in school: misunderstandings, disagreements, procrastination, that one guy who spaced on everything. …
The truth is that cross-functional teams can go either way. When they work well, these teams speed innovation and enhance members' skills and job satisfaction.
And when they don't? There's nothing like wasting a bunch of time and energy without getting results (unless increased stress and animosity is what you’re seeking).
So how can you help make any cross-functional team that you're a part of – or even leading – more, well, functional? We've got your complete guide.
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