Team Effectiveness

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Introduction to Team Effectiveness You may have aced your metaphysics finals, but can you work in a team? Solve  complex problems? Communicate clearly in print and in person? These are skills that employers are increasingly demanding, according to Syracuse  University public-affairs professor Bill Coplin, author of 10 Things Employers Want You  to Learn in College.  The top 10 skills: Work ethic, including self-motivation and time management. Physical skills, e.g., maintaining one's health and good appearance. Verbal (oral) communication, including one-on-one and in a group. Written communication, including editing and proofing one's work. Working directly with people, relationship building, and team work. Influencing people, including effective salesmanship and leadership. Gathering information through various media and keeping it organized. Using quantitative tools, e.g., statistics, graphs, or spreadsheets. Asking and answering the right questions, evaluating information, and  applying knowledge. Solving problems, including identifying problems, developing possible  solutions, and launching solutions. What is a Team? team  is a unit of two or more people who work together to achieve a goal. Teams  differ from work groups in that work groups interact primarily to share information and to  make decisions to help one another perform within each member’s area of  responsibility. In other words, the performance of a work group is merely the summation  of all group members’ individual contributions. By contrast, the members of a team have a shared mission and are collectively  responsible for their work. By coordinating their efforts, team members generate a  1  |  P a g e
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positive synergy and achieve a level of performance that exceeds what would have  been accomplished if members had worked individually. All Groups are Not Teams. Teams: Are characterized by interdependency Often share leadership roles Express individual and mutual accountability Have specific team purposes that the team delivers Have collective work products Encourage open-ended discussions and active problem-solving at meetings Measure performance against collective work products Do real work together Teamwork Represents Values that: Encourage listening and responding constructively to the views expressed by  others Give others the benefit of the doubt Provide support Recognize the interests and achievements of others Type of Teams The type, structure, and composition of individual teams within an organization all  depend on the organization’s strategic goals and the objective for forming the team. 
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