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On becoming a team player

James T. Scarnati (James T. Scarnati is the County Superintendent, Warren County School District, Warren, Pennsylvania, USA. E‐mail:

Team Performance Management

ISSN: 1352-7592

Article publication date: 1 February 2001



Discusses teamwork as a synergetic process in which the efforts of the co‐operative group surpass individual efforts. Provides historical and contemporary examples of successful team efforts from business, industry and organizations. Describes the benefits of a team synergy as guardianship, status, learning, self‐esteem, fellowship and power along with the circumstances in which a team effort is neither needed nor desired. Lists structure, ineffective communications, lack of resources, lack of trust, and corporate culture as factors that may hinder or not support a team effort. Defines interdependence as a key characteristic of successful teams. Includes quotes from contemporary leaders as to the value of the team effort in today’s workplace.



Scarnati, J.T. (2001), "On becoming a team player", Team Performance Management, Vol. 7 No. 1/2, pp. 5-10.




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