Teamwork is defined a joint action by a group of people, in which each person subordinates his or her individual interests andopinions to the unity and efficiency of the group (Websters New World Dictionary).
The most effective teamwork is produced when all the individuals involved harmonize their contributions and work towards a common goal.
What is the difference? GROUPWORK TEAMWORK Members work independently and Members work interdependently and they often are not working towards work towards both personal and team the same goal. goals. Members collaborate together and useMembers are given their tasks or told their talent and experience to what their duty/job is, and contribute to the success of the teams suggestions are rarely welcomed objectives. Members are very cautious about Members base their success on trust what they say and are afraid to ask and encourage all members to express questions. their opinions, varying views, and questions. Members may have a lot to Members are encouraged to offer theircontribute but are held back because skills and knowledge, and in turn each of a closed relationship with each member is able contribute to the member groups success
Teamwork must have… A clear goal A results-driven structure Competent team members Unified commitment A collaborative climate High standards that are understood by all. principled leadership Teamwork must receive external support and encouragement
Stages of Team Growth Stage 1: FormingMembers cautiously explore the boundaries of acceptable group behavior. They search for theirposition within the group and test the leaders guidance.
Stages of Team Growth Stage 2: Storming Members may argue about theactions they should take because they faced with ideas that are unfamiliar to them and put them outside their comfort zones.
Stages of Team Growth Stage 3. NormingTeam members accept the team and begin to reconcile differences. Emotional conflict is reduced as relationships become more cooperative. The team is able toconcentrate more on their work and start to make significant progress
Stages of Team Growth Stage 4. Performing Members have discovered andaccepted each others strengths andweaknesses, and learned what their roles are. Members are open and trusting and many good ideas are produced.