For any group to come together as a team, it is critical that everyone be clear on the team’s goal(s). All team member must share that goal. If any team members have different goals or have individual goals different or separate from the stated goal, these should be communicated to the team to avoid road blocks to the success of the team.
The goal needs to be clearly specified, quantifiable, and supported by all team members. The goal should be challenging, but still be attainable. By writing (documenting) the team’s goal, all individuals on the team and the advisor to the team will ‘stick to’ and understand the goal.