I happened upon this interesting article today, discussing the difference between teams and groups:
The gist: teams have a common goal and common accountability, where groups are much more about individual goals and individual accountability.
This makes sense.
If you’re on a sports team, the goal is winning, as a team. If an individual makes padding his/her stats a priority, the team will likely suffer. We’ve all seen primadonnas in sports. If that individual can perform, he might be tolerated. If you have too many, though, then the team eventually will implode.
I enjoy group activities–not every gathering has to have a collective goal. Parties, for example, are a great place to get together, have fun, and meet new people. There might even be individual games and challenges.
If you want to get something done, however, form a team–set team goals, and watch it succeed.