Unformatted text preview: is almost impossible to think of yourself as part of a
team if you never get together in some manner. RULES FOR DEVELOPING COMMITMENT TO A PROJECT TEAM
• Have team members interact frequently, so they gain a sense of being a team.
• Be sure that individual needs are being met through participation in the team.
• Let them all know why the project is important. People don’t like working on a “loser.”
• Make sure all members share the goals of the team. One bad “apple” can spoil the barrel.
• Keep competition within the team to a minimum. Competition and cooperation are opposites. Let
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If you want some good models of how to work with teams, take a look at the best coaches and see how they
do it. Be careful, though, not to model the super-macho coach’s behavior. That style might work with a sports
team, where people are there because they want to be there, but it is unlikely to work well with a project team
where the members are there because they have to be. I also suggest that you watch the movie Stand and
Deliver (available on video) and see how Jaime Escalante deals with his kids. This movie presents the true
story of how teacher Jaime Escalante achieved exceptional results with a class of math students who would
ordinarily be called disadvantaged. Then, the next time you are tempted to complain that you have a lot of
responsibility and no authority, ask yourself how a teacher (who has even less authority than you do) can get a
bunch of kids to work so hard. How did he get them to go to summer school or to take math two periods a
day? Then you will begin to realize what true leadership is all about. Key Points to Remember
• Teams don’t just happen—they must be built!
• Having the entire team participate in planning is one way to start the team-building process.
• Deal with goals, roles and responsibilities, procedures, and relationships in that order.
• So-called personality conflicts are often nothing but the result of poor interpersonal skills. For
teams to function well, all members should receive training in this area.
• The style of leadership appropriate for a team depends on the team’s stage of development. In the
forming stage, it is directive. In storming, it requires influence. At the norming stage, leadership is
participative. In the performing stage, it is delega...
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