Teamwork (҂⌣̀_⌣́)ᕤ

posted on 26 Apr 2013 17:03 by dreizehn in Favorites

Teamwork is defined as "a joint action by a group of people, in which each person subordinates his or her individual interests and opinions to the unity and efficiency of the group."

Characteristics of Effective Teams.

The following are characteristics of effective teams the were identified by Larson and LaFasto (1989) in their book titled Teamwork: What Must Go Right/What Can Go Wrong....

First, the team must have a clear goal. Avoid fuzzy, motherhood statements. Team goals should call for a specific performance objective, expressed so concisely that everyone knows when the objective has been met. Everybody should have the same page....

Second, the team must have a results-driven structure. The team should be allowed to operate in a manner that produces results. It is often best to allow the team to develop the structure. For example, the creative team come together to create something new. As a result, the members of creative teams have the latitude to work beyond their traditional boundaries and barriers to generate new ideas....

Third, the team must have competent team members. In the education setting this can be take to mean that the problem given to the team should be one that the members can tackle given their level of knowledge. For example, someone might good in creativity but another one might good in problem solving....

Fourth, the team must have unified commitment. This doesn't mean that team members must agree on everything. It means that all individuals must be directing their efforts towards the goal. If an individual's efforts is going purely towards personal goals, then the team will confront this and resolve the problem....

Fifth, the team must have a collaborative climate. It is a climate of trust produced by honest, open, consistent and respectful behavior. They should have positive thinking to overcome problem. With this climate teams perform well...without it, they fail....

Sixth,the team must receive external support and encouragement. Encouragement and praise works just as well in motivating teams as it does with individuals....

Seventh,the team must have principled leadership. Teams usually need someone to lead the effort. Team members must know that the team leader has the position because they have good leadership skills and are working for the good of the team. The team members will be less supportive if they feel that the team leader is putting him/herself above the team, achieving personal recognition or otherwise benefiting from the position....

Eighth, the team must have high standards that are understood by all. Team members must know what is expected of them individually and collectively. Vague statements such as "positive attitude" and "demonstrated effort" are not good enough....

Before you form a team, you should write down your team value statment. 
For example :

Enjoying your work,
Creating better outcomes,
Communicate regularly,
Encourage to change,
Do the right thing,
Respect for others,
Listening carefully,
Being positive,
Staying work focus,
Listening carefully,
Create weird idea,
Know your role, do your job,
Doing the best you can,
One conversation at a time,
Respond to do request assitance,
Just do it,
Mistake are learning,
Make decision to consensus,
Be a part of the team,
Overcome shyness,