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This week my personal and academic life came together in such harmony that the significance of teams has been broadcasted to me. From the get go we are born into a family, comparing a team to a family you can see many similarities. A family is a small group of people, whose skills are usually complementary and their main goal is to have each member live a meaningful, happy and healthy life. According to Katzenbach & Smith (1992) the definition of family, in this context, matches that of a teams’.

This week I saw the solidarity my family provides when in times of need. My dad is within the hospital right now dealing with some health issues but due to how our family team is structured I’m assured everything shall end well. I believe my family is a successful team because it consists of a small group of people. This point is necessary in order for the team to remain productive, avoid group think mentalities ‘and most importantly, it decreases the logistical planning effort of trying find to find time together as a team (Katzenbach & Smith,1992).

Everyone within my family is talented in differing domains and has unique skills. My father has partial decision making authority in association with my mother who is also the emotional caretaker. My sister is comedic relief whilst I’m the one who resolves general enquiries and resolves conflict. Yet as a whole we all can solve our individual and collective issues. In a team having people assigned to certain roles is important as it allows each member an individual responsibility or task, that only they are accountable for (Katzenbach & Smith, 1992).

A team goes on a journey where obstacles block their path to success, conflicts arise and in the end there is usually some sort of personal development or growth in most members lives (Katzenbach & Smith, 1992). Whilst on this journey the cohesive glue that bonds all the members together are the common goals of success and a meaningful purpose (Katzenbach & Smith, 1992).  Likewise with a family the common goal of dealing with situations as they arise and overall endeavoring to achieve a happy outcome in the end keeps everyone striving forward.

Teams have specified goals that need to be achieved in order to advance closer to reaching an overall long-term goal (Katzenbach & Smith, 1992).  In a family an example of this is illustrated by sisters’ academic goals of getting A’s in order to get into a credible and academically accredited high school.  These small victories keep the team motivated to keep succeeding and persisting with issues that may arise (Katzenbach & Smith, 1992).

All in all, the week has highlighted how teams work, and how that impacts how expectations are set. Problems are not negative as they engage each team member to think and find solutions or strategies to help get through that period of time. Teams can be very effective especially if they become a real team and start performing at a high level (Katzenbach & Smith, 1992).




Katzenbach, J. R. & Smith, D. K. (1992). Why teams matterMcKinsey Quarterly, (3), 3–27




  1. I really enjoyed your journal this week. It was well written and flowed well. I really enjoyed the comparison between a team and a family. I felt it was effective tool in demonstrating your understanding of teams. One change that i recommend is that you drill deeper into the readings. Although you showed a good understanding of why teams matter, i feel the the journal would have been more effective if you had discussed the ideas in more depth. 

  2. I felt your journal was very interesting, i found it particularly engaging how you compared your experiences within your family to the concepts of teams found in the readings. I felt as though this helped you to contextualise the theory well and for me it made it easy to understand. The journal was well written and your grammar was perfect. One aspect you could improve on would be to try and think deeper about the readings and i think this would take your journal to another level. All in all it was a very interesting and enlightening read!