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Click to edit Master subtitle style Aston-Blair answers 1. Ancona characterizes the external orientations of teams into several different types (M6 p. 7). What type has Bacon created and what are the consequences? Bacon has inadvertently created a Researcher team (scouts out information). You might also be able to make a case for an Isolationist team. In either case these forms tend not to succeed. Researcher teams often end up being disbanded by management (and indeed that is what ended up happening in the case of Aston Blair). Bacon really needed a Comprehensive team.
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Click to edit Master subtitle style Aston-Blair 2. Rate Bacon’s performance using the Team Design Checklist we used in the Overhead Reduction Task Force. What else should have been done differently in creating this team? See checklist on the next slide. This was another example of complete failure to manage up. Bacon failed to use power when he had it (before accepting the assignment). He should have had the sponsors kick-off the team. He should have renegotiated at many points in the project (when it became clear that the original scope was wrong, when they needed more time, etc.). He failed to establish a shared (super-ordinate) goal for the team. He allowed members of the team to be selected for him (he should have controlled this critical input).
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Team Design checklist Clear engaging direction? No Clear well-understood goal? No (should have been negotiated) Engaging to members? No (unclear, many “agendas”) A “stretch” for the group? No (unclear, a suicide mission) Enabling structure ? No Task (whole piece, autonomy, feedback)? No (no feedback mechanism) Composition (size, skills, mix/diversity)? No (Market Mgrs involvement) Norms (must do, must not do)? No Supportive context ? $%#@ No Rewards No Information (data needed) No (much hidden) Training (technical or process consultation) No Resources No
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Click to edit Master subtitle style Aston-Blair 3. What myth(s) about teams did Bacon succumb to? Bacon is more focused internally than externally (60% of the variance in team performance in organizations is due to external team relations).
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Click to edit Master subtitle style Sit with your Everest team Just for today
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Objectives Learn how to improve team decision-making Groupthink Role of the leader Common information effect Know when to use teams and when not to use teams Process losses and process gains
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Team Issues in the Simulation (and in real life) Shared Goals Conflicting Shared Conflicting Information
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Comparing teams’ knowledge integration Best team Worst team
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To discuss in your teams: How effectively did we deal with conflicting goals? Value creating vs. value claiming behavior Vcr=help everyone achieve goals vcl=I want to claim benefit for myself:assumption: zero-sum game.
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