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GT+1000+Team+Handbook+05 - GT 1000 Teamwork Guide COLLEGE...

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GT 1000 Team & Teamwork Guide 1 GT 1000 Teamwork Guide COLLEGE OF MANAGEMENT A CHIEVE L EAD S UCCEED T HE B USINESS S CHOOL AT G EORGIA T ECH A DAPTED FROM G EORGIA T ECH MBA T EAM T EAMWORK G UIDE
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GT 1000 Team & Teamwork Guide 2 Leading, Managing, and Performing in Teams: Critical Skills for Success Working in teams and developing your collaboration skills is a key part of a successful Management educational experience. Improving your ability to work well with others not only makes working in team projects more enjoyable but it helps you to develop a portfolio of leadership skills that organizations value highly and actively seek out. In reality, it is not a question of whether you enjoy working in teams (as if you had a choice), but one of how skillfully you will be able to do so. All of us have probably experienced both the frustrations and the joys that can happen in working on teams. This, too, really shouldn’t surprise us since teams are typically implemented with little thought to formal training in teamwork skills and the practices that can make them more effective. Without appropriate guidance, team potential can easily disappear amidst a degenerative spiral of lack of understanding, lack of trust, destructive conflict, missed deadlines, blaming, etc. As you might already guess, we strongly believe that it is possible to improve one’s collaborative skills through training and hard work. Think about teamwork as a sport. How do you become an expert (or at least a skilled practitioner) in teamwork? In brief, you learn how to best play the sport, compare that to how you currently play the sport, and then incorporate the better techniques into one’s repertoire. You keep rehearsing and practicing until doing things the “new” way feels as comfortable to you as your “old” ways did. Changing the way we do things can be a difficult task, particularly if we’ve been successful in the past. However, past success and intuition cultivated through experience in particular situations and conditions do not guarantee success in new and different situations. In other words, you need to be open to examining the ways you have always done things, trying new techniques, and improving your skill set. Guide Overview This guide is designed to offer you some guidance concerning teamwork and what we believe are good practices for you to get familiar with and integrated into your repertoire of skills. There are several sections of suggestions that follow. Perhaps the most important and longest is the last section (Getting Your Team Started) since it is really designed for a new team to step through at its very first meeting. We urge you to put that section to use for each team that you startup. The issues covered encompass many positive suggestions about team process, norms, roles, etc. that can help you establish a positive and unambiguous tone for your team. In the sections to follow, we also offer a number of suggestions that we think will help you
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