A team is a group of individuals that work together to get a job done. A tribe is when a group of people are so passionate about something that they start a movement.
People on teams may or may not know each other on a personal level. In a tribe they are brothers and sisters. They are of the same family. They have each others “back”.
A team wants to win. A tribe starts with basic survival and feeds on the strengths of what is available.
Teams have to be quick with results or the team dissolves. Tribes build up slowly and take longer to break down.
The 2003 NHL Washington Capitals had a dream team with Jaromir Jagr, Sergei Gonchar, Robert Lang, Peter Bondra and Olaf Kolzig. They failed to make the playoffs.
The 2008 MLB Tampa Bay Rays, in their first winning season, went to the World Series and won it with a bunch of “no-name” players. Mostly young. They were more than a team. They were a tribe.
A great team adds fuel to their engines. A tribe generates natural momentum.