Team Effectiveness

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  • 1. Team Effectiveness Consulting 101
  • 2. Learning Objectives  Help you identify acknowledge your personal working preferences  Observe and appreciate the work preferences exhibited by your team members  Acknowledge that no one working style is better than another  Recognise the potential for friction and/or conflict in the workplace  Respond to friction/conflict in a proactive and open communicative style  Maintain your independence in an interdependent work environment
  • 3. Topics  Task & Maintenance Roles  John Adair’s Action Centred Leadership Model  Belbin’s Team Profiles  Left Hand Column Technique  Norms – Explicit and Implicit  Conformity and Non-conformity  Groupthink
  • 4. Teams - some definitions • A number of persons associated in some joint action. Macquarie Dictionary • A team is a collection of people who must work interdependently to achieve a common goal or output. Baden Eunson • A team (may be regarded as) a “machine” with human parts. Mechanical problems such as coping with friction, making sure all the gears mesh, wheels spinning etc. have direct human analogies when we talk about group functioning. Rubin et al
  • 5. Shared Vision & Commitment w Enrolment – becoming part of something by choice w Commitment – not only enrolled but feeling fully responsible for making the vision happen w Compliance – Sees the benefit of the vision and does what is expected and no more The whole is greater than its individual sum parts
  • 6. 9 Characteristics of Effective Teams w Team goals must be clearly understood by every member of the team w Team members must communicate their ideas and feelings accurately and clearly w Participation must be distributed among all members of the team w The decision making process must be appropriate for the aims and resources of the team w Power and influence must be approximately equal in the team w Conflict which comes from different ideas and opinions among the team members must be listened to and considered w Team members identification with the team must be high w The team members must know how to solve problems as a team w Each member of the team must be able to interact well with every other member of the team
  • 7. TEAM TASK & INDIVIDUAL
  • 8. What factors influence your performance? • Is the team more important than the task? • Are you determined to achieve your goals? • Is “getting the task done” your priority? • Can you shift your focus among the three aspects? • How do you achieve a balance among all three?
  • 9. TASK & MAINTENANCE ROLES TASK ROLES • Task roles refer to those aspects of the team’s behaviour that are directed towards getting things done and achieving the purpose of the team. MAINTENANCE ROLES • Maintenance/Building roles refer to those behaviours that help make and keep the team together. • In an effective team there will be a balance between the two.  As the team goes through various stages of development the relative emphasis will vary.  Too great an emphasis on one or the other for long periods may lead to an ineffective team.
  • 10. Belbin’s Team Roles Plant • An “ideas person”. A prime source of innovation and ideas. Can play a strategic role such as forward planning. Advances new ideas and strategies, with special attention to major issues. Looks for ways around problems.  Key words: Inventive. Creative. Fun. Unorthodox. “Let’s play with the idea” Monitor Evaluator • A critic of ideas and suggestions. Evaluates new plans (which should seldom be acted on against their advice). Analyses problems. Assess ideas and options so that the team can make balanced decisions.  Key words: Questions. Analytical. Prudent. Judgement. “Is it good enough?”
  • 11. Team Norm’s • Formal norms are those rules that are explicit in the way they define the group’s behaviour • Informal norms are implicit in the way they define the group’s behaviour
  • 12. Informal Team Norms • You don’t dob on (report on) your mates to your superiors • A fair day’s work here is x amount of output • We trust each other a lot, and we can try out weird and wonderful ideas on the group without getting laughed at. • We don’t express too much emotion when discussing things. • This group’s output is a cut above what the others deliver, and we like it like that. • We don’t like working with women (men)
  • 13. Groupthink • What is Groupthink?  A pattern of defective decision making seen in groups  critical evaluation is frowned upon;  questioning an established position is avoided;  potential threats against the established position are simply rationalised into obscurity