Just because a bunch of people work together that doesn’t make them a team. Despite widespread use of the term, many teams are not teams at all, and productive teams don’t jut ‘happen’ they have to be made.
This becomes next to impossible when some so-called ‘team members’ are resistant or actively try to sabotage things. Winning hearts and minds can be a challenge and a lonely one at that if you don’t have the support of the wider system.
The original meaning of the phrase has been generalised to become an unconscious script in many situations, to a point where staff on the receiving end of bad behaviour think that they must submit to discourteous behaviour and mistreatment.
Time for a change to keep up with the times.
When choosing how to deliver training a simple mantra should be: “If it’s been done before, don’t use it”. Trainees should be surprised, entertained and engaged, because teaching them doesn’t work very well.
Trainers should be challenged to prove that what they are doing works, and to demonstrate how they continue to grow and their techniques to evolve. There are many skilled and talented trainers among us, but we’ll rest on our laurels (did we ever have any?), until allowed and encouraged to go further.