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The three dimensions of team culture:

 
 
 

Approach

A team’s approach to work can be either structured or dynamic. Structured approaches lead to detailed, documented processes that tell team members what to do in many situations. Dynamic approaches lead to loose or undocumented processes and ask team members to be flexible in how they work across a variety of situations.

 
 

A team’s focus can be either internal or external, depending on the type of work they do and the type of information they use to make decisions. An internal focus develops in teams tasked with improving aspects of their own organization, like operational efficiency and employee morale. An external focus comes with the mission to affect the outside world, the organization’s place within it, or the organization’s interactions with it.

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Style

The working style of a team is defined by how team members interact to get work done. Teams can either have a collaborative work style or an independent work style. In collaborative teams, tasks are completed and decisions are made with the input of multiple individuals. In independent teams, each team member “owns” their own tasks and decisions and sees them through without input from others.

 
 

Your preferred approach, focus, and style combine to form your ideal team culture. To find out which type of team culture is best for you, take the TeamCulture Quiz!

 
 
 

  About the TeamCulture Framework

The TeamCulture framework was developed by combining and refining ideas from some of the top minds in business and academia. The 8 culture types—and ideas on how to measure them—are derived from the Integrated Culture Framework as outlined in the Harvard Business Review article “The Culture Factor” by Boris Groysberg, Jeremiah Lee, Jesse Price, and J. Yo-Jud Cheng. Additional pieces of the framework were informed by Robert E. Quinn and Kim S. Cameron’s “Culture Typology,” developed at Michigan State University.


 
 

The 8 Culture Types

Team cultures fit primarily into one of eight distinct culture types. Knowing which culture type your team expresses will tell you how your team members tend to get work done and what motivates them to do their best work. This clarity can guide you down the path to business success and promote a happy and engaged workplace.

 
 
 
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Caring

Some teams are like family.

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Purpose

Some teams are dead set on changing the world.

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Learning

Some teams are driven by curiosity.

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Enjoyment

Some teams blur the lines between work and play.

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Results

Some teams are built to win.

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Authority

Some teams are the embodiment of strength.

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Safety

Some teams carefully chart a course forward.

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Order

Some teams run like well-oiled machines.

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