Ch 7 PP - Working with Teams Chapter 7 What is a Team(p 159"A small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common

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Unformatted text preview: Working with Teams Chapter 7 What is a Team? (p. 159) "A small number of people, with complementary skills, who are committed to a common purpose or goal." Indicators of (Un) Successful Teams Successful: Themes and Identity Enthusiasm and energy Eventdriven history Personal Commitment Optimism Performance Results Unsuccessful: Unclear goals Changing objectives that were poorly communicated Poor leadership Lack of mutual accountability Not prioritizing Misunderstanding roles Too much unhealthy conflict Bad process management Goals matter in teamwork Good goals have common characteristics: Specific Timelimitation Measurable Acceptable to all team members Roles matter as well Each person plays some important role in the group What are the roles in a team? (page 165) What are the two problems that emerge for some teams when it comes to roles? Generate Creative Ideas Alex Osborne's brainstorming Downside: Production blocking Downside: Evaluative apprehension Leading Teams Assigned vs. emergent leadership Task vs. social leadership Task Leaders Social Leaders Assigned Leader Emergent Leader Leading Teams (cont) Other leadership styles Participative Democratic Laissezfaire How to Build Consensus on a Team Share similar goals Have a common enemy Spend time together on both task and nontask activities Work at respecting and trusting one another Have a series of successful experiences together. When Concensus Fails You Social Loafing Groupthink Make the work more interesting Make work identifiable (avoid diffusion of responsibility) Manage the team process Reduce mindless authority Build in checks and balances Modify how decisions are made Reduce Stress FourStep Process of Generating "Value" Decisions Brainstorm (nominal technique) RankOrder Criteria Match Choices to Ranks Check the Results Working in Meetings Content Process Establish objectives for each meeting Create the right environment for the meeting People should come prepared. Identify WHAT needs to be discussed to achieve the goal Organize the agenda Five Considerations for Effective Meetings 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) Keep the meeting structured Build Consensus Understand the stages of meetings Followthrough on commitments Being a good team member ...
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