Do Your Teams Produce Reports or Results? (HBR)

Do Your Teams Produce Reports or Results?

Ron Ashkenas

From product development to strategy to technology management, much of the work done in organizations is assigned to teams. Yet often when the output from these teams is examined, few actually generate measurable results. Instead they produce reports, recommendations, and presentations — for a higher level decision and possible implementation. As a middle manager at a large pharmaceutical company once told me, “I’ve been on dozens of teams over the years, but can’t recall ever being responsible for a result.”

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