You can’t just throw some people in a room, label them a team and expect results. Teams are built over time and need experience working together. When a team is first formed it will work slower and less efficiently than if you just assigned individual tasks to get the same work done. The advantage of a team comes as they gain the experience of being a team. Eventually, they are more efficient and will generate ideas that no single person could on their own. Is it worth it? Not always. You need to weigh the pros and cons of teamwork to decide. If it’s a small business and there isn’t much choice then you need to get the team to gel as quickly as possible to minimize the disruption that happens as a team comes together. Here are the essential ingredients in getting a team to work together.