In order for groups of people to become effective teams it is vital that they develop a shared understanding of the underlying beliefs, values, and principles that will guide their work together. This shared understanding evolves over time as members learn about each other, spend time together, and engage in the work of their group. Having a shared understanding provides a basic structure within which teams: • develop common goals; determine actions that will lead toward the attainment of their goals; ensure that their actions are consistent with their beliefs; and judge whether their efforts have been successful.
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