Team Building Versus Team Development

Team Building is most often regarded as a short-term, one-time intervention that is designed to promote effective communication and problem-solving skills. The timely development of these skills may play an important role in the current success of the team.

Team Development is employing a broad based, far reaching and future oriented plan for the development of a team's soft and hard skills. The ongoing development of these skills may play a role in the future success of the team.

The Distinguishing Factors

Team Building is: Team Development is:
l short-term focused l long-term focused
l soft skill oriented l soft & hard skill based
l activity specific l activity & strategic planning oriented
l intervention l prevention
l a part of the development process l driving the development process
l management driven l leadership inspired
l acting as a carpenter l serving as an architect



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