The 4 Cs of a Functional Team

Posted: Jun 24 2015

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Today, there are so many different terms being bandied about, relating to various aspects of teams and teamwork. Some can be found in reliable sources, like the endless literature referring to the work of Belbin or Myers-Briggs, whilst others are discussed on various business and psychology blogs. Wherever the discussion is though, and whatever theories are being proposed, the fact remains: everyone is talking about teamwork.

This is largely due to the broad field of study that surrounds the psychology and logistics of teamwork, where great minds have tried to unlock the mystery of what makes a workplace full of individuals tick.

Of course, we here at Team Challenge are well-versed in the works of theorists like Belbin and co. We understand that the information such models provide is invaluable when it comes to understanding the individuals and teams we work with, and we know that in order to make our team building events effective, we must have extensive knowledge and understanding of all the different terms and theories out there.

But what do you need to know about?

Well, in addition to the top tips and hints we'll give you during one of our events or development days, you'll also need to know the four Cs of a functional team.

Read on to find out more about them...


Any team will benefit from good levels of communication. Too little and there's a loss of cohesion, as well as a large margin for error where key information is not shared; too much, and nobody gets anything done. The right amount of the right communication though will work wonders.

Collaboration (or Cooperation)

There are points in every working day where collaboration will either be preferable or necessary. Collaboration is defined here as "the action of working with someone to produce or create something". Now, this something could be consistently high results or a whole new product/strategy/innovation. Either way, when ideas are shared and great minds collaborate, even greater things can happen.


This is the organisational aspect of teamwork. You see, as wonderful as collaboration is, and as superb as your creative ideas are, if you don't coordinate, all will be lost in translation. Communication is one thing; letting people know you've got an idea, asking for their input, coming up with something new. Coordination, however, is the organisation of ideas, individuals and resources to ensure things actually happen in an effective and efficient manner.

Collective Conscious

And finally, there's the collective conscious. This term was coined by Emile Durkheim, a French psychologist, in 1893. According to Wikipedia, the collective conscious is "the shared set of beliefs, ideas and moral attitudes which operate as a unifying force within society". Of course, at work, this "society" is a team, and the collective set of beliefs, ideas and attitudes are what unify the team and allow them to think and work as one, en route to their aims and objectives. It is important your team has a collective conscious, so everyone is on the same page.

And now you know the four Cs of a functional team, let us ask you, how many do your team currently excel at?

Well, how about making that answer even better by treating your team to a corporate entertainment or team development event? Our event management specialists will tailor the day to your specific needs and objectives, whilst creating a fun and encouraging environment for all those in attendance. Just browse our site or get in touch to see how we could help you identify and cultivate the four Cs in your team!

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