Just as a good book does not write itself, a high-functioning team does not emerge without planning and effort. In both cases, many elements are required for success. There has to be a clear reason or a purpose behind each. Once that is very clear, planning and forethought supports that plan with a structure and game plan. Like a book, a good team requires dedication and effort to get it launched and to keep it continuously productive. However, although a book involves only a single author, the multiple players in a team amplify the challenges. And unless the team functions well, it may be difficult or impossible to reach its goal.