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1 Team-Building Jennifer Baxter BUS 610 Organizational Behavior Professor Theodore January 31, 2011
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2 Introduction Belonging to a team is about serving a bigger picture. An individual’s actions are based on their understanding of the objectives of the organization, and are driven by their contribution to the overall success of the organization. Based on a set of shared values and commitments designed specifically for the organization, team building exercises should consist of a variety of tasks designed to develop group members and their ability to work together effectively. By developing and implementing team building exercises, it will allow the team to achieve organizational goals through optimal employee performance. Team-Building Kinicki and Kreitner (2009) define a team as a “small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals, and approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable” (pg 232). In order for a group of individuals to become a cohesive team they need to instill a certain level of trust in the other members of the team that will foster a constructive working environment. According to Kinicki and Kreitner, “a group of individuals has met this status once they fulfill the following criteria: 1) leadership becomes a shared activity, 2) accountability shifts from strictly individual to both individual and collective, 3) the group develops its own purpose or mission, 4) problem-solving becomes a way of life, not a part-time activity, and 5) effectiveness is measured by the group’s collective outcomes and products” (pg 232). Team-building exercises work to assist teams in becoming cohesive units of individuals that can effectively work together to complete tasks. They do this by improving communication among
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3 its members, enabling members to get to know each other, including their strengths and weaknesses which, ultimately, will lead to identifying and utilizing those strengths, and improving team productivity. In performing team-building exercises, it allows a team to practice techniques that will help improve communication among members, strive for greater cooperation
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This note was uploaded on 08/29/2011 for the course BUSINESS 101 taught by Professor All during the Spring '11 term at Ashford University.

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