Management expert Ken Blanchard suggests that teams fail roughly 60 percent of the time. While the reasons for team failure vary -- such as lack of planning, focus, or resources -- it's rarely due to lack of talent.
However, an effective team needs more than just a group of talented people. True team effectiveness requires team members to work well together regardless of their abilities. Here are five reasons why team chemistry is more important than talent alone.
Team Chemistry = Cooperation
No matter how talented people are, if they don't work well together, they won't accomplish much. Exceptional talent can carry a big ego. Sometimes sacrificing the talent can help you avoid power struggles and team fragmentation. On the other hand, when there is team chemistry, team members enjoy working together. Cooperation can lead to higher efficiency, faster results, and better outcomes.
Team Chemistry = Productivity
Experts suggest that teams with good chemistry are more productive because they understand what each member brings to the team and work to maximise strengths and minimise weaknesses of the other team members. Additionally, they manage their time better. Without team chemistry, members can end up arguing over project details rather than working to find solutions.
Team Chemistry = Good Attendance
In addition to physical ailments or family needs, some of the top reasons for absenteeism in the workplace include harassment, disengagement, stress, and low morale. Build a team with great chemistry and you reduce interpersonal conflicts. This, in turn, can reduce absenteeism and turnover.
Team Chemistry = Loyalty
According to 2017 statistics from Gallup, over two-thirds of the American workforce is disengaged from their job (51% not engaged, 16% actively disengaged). This means that 67 percent of employees feel apathetic about their work. Since enthusiastic employees tend to be loyal employees, it's important to engage team members. Engagement comes from having a great team environment.
Team Chemistry = Success
Experts suggest that talent will only get a team so far. This is because team members who aren't on the same page as the rest of the team or only focus on their own success can cause internal conflict. However, when there is team chemistry, individuals work together to advance the team's goals leading to a higher chance of team success.
As Babe Ruth reportedly once said, "You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime." Without good team chemistry, talented teams can find it tough to function well. With team chemistry, employers can focus on getting the most out of their team's talent.