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  • 1. SUPPORTING LIONS TEAMS NEVILLE A. MEHTA INTERNATIONAL SECRETARY, INDIA, SOUTH ASIA, EAST AFRICA
  • 2. Supporting Lions Teams 1 Teams “ A team is a group of people working toward a common goal.”
  • 3. Supporting Lions Teams 2 Differences Between a Team and a Group • Many people use the words team and group interchangeably, but there are actually a number of differences between a team and a group in real world applications. • A number of leadership courses designed for the corporate world stress the importance of building, not group building.
  • 4. Supporting Lions Teams 3 Differences Between a Team and a Group Team 1. A team is a small group of people with complimentary skills and abilities who are committed to a common goal and approach for which they hold each other accountable. Group 1. A group is a small of group of people with complimentary skills and abilities who are committed to a leader’s goal and approach and are willing to be held accountable by the leader.
  • 5. Supporting Lions Teams 4 Differences Between a Team and a Group Team 2. A team is internally organised with specific goals and usually with specific roles for different members of a team Group 2. A group is just a collection of people with something in common, such as being in the same place or having a shared interest
  • 6. Supporting Lions Teams 5 Differences Between a Team and a Group Team 3. Teaming should be used when you need broad buy-in for the best results, when no one person has the answer and when shard responsibility is important to the success of the goal. Group 3. It makes sense to be in a group when the decisions and process are already determined, buy-in is not necessary, time is critical factor and there is split or minimal management support for teaming.
  • 7. Supporting Lions Teams 6 Differences Between a Team and a Group Team 4. A team, by comparison, does not rely on ‘groupthink’ to arrive at its conclusions. There may be a team leader working as a facilitator for the process, but not necessarily a specific leader. Group 4. The success of a group is often measured by its final results. A group may use equal parts discussion, argumentation and peer pressure to guide individual members towards a consensus.
  • 8. Supporting Lions Teams 7 Session Objectives • Recognize stages of team development • Identify strategies for supporting your teams • Identify the effectiveness of Lions teams
  • 9. Supporting Lions Teams 8 No Strings Attached
  • 10. Supporting Lions Teams 9 No Strings Attached • Choose one member of the team to serve as an observer who will record his/her comments on the Observer Sheet on page 2 of the Participant Manual • Use the strings to connect two members of the team as indicated on the diagram on page 1.
  • 11. Supporting Lions Teams 10 No Strings Attached • After they are connected, untangle the two people without loosening the knots or breaking the strings. Anyone in the group except the observer is free to help in any way • Complete the process in no more than 15 minutes
  • 12. Supporting Lions Teams 11 No Strings Attached • How do you feel about what your group achieved or did not achieve? What helped or hindered the team? • How do you feel about how your group organized and communicated to accomplish the task?
  • 13. Supporting Lions Teams 12 No Strings Attached • What, if anything, would you do differently? • What similarities did you see between what happened in your group and what happens in other groups to which you belong?
  • 14. Supporting Lions Teams 13 MODULE 1: Stages of Team Development
  • 15. Supporting Lions Teams 14 Stages of Team Development Forming Storming Norming Performing
  • 16. Supporting Lions Teams 15 Forming Awareness Team leaders MANAGE
  • 17. Supporting Lions Teams 16 As a Leader • Your team members get know each other • The mission, vision and goals of the team are established with input from the members • Roles are established to make use of the individual talents and skills of team members • Ground rules are established for how the team will communicate and operate • Conflicts are addressed and resolved
  • 18. Supporting Lions Teams 17 Storming Team leaders COORDINATE/NEGOTIATE
  • 19. Supporting Lions Teams 18 • In the storming stage personal beliefs and needs are sometimes challenged. Conflict is the general theme, and teams must learn to see each other’s points of view and negotiate to move beyond this phase.
  • 20. Supporting Lions Teams 19 As a Leader • Individual issues related to tasks and responsibilities are addressed • Goals and plans developed in the earlier stage are realistic and achievable • In-groups and disunity and challenged • Problems between team members are approached in an open and positive way • Conflicts are addressed and resolved
  • 21. Supporting Lions Teams 20 • Webster’s Dictionary defines norm as “a principle of right action binding upon the members of a group and serving to guide, control, or regulate proper and acceptable behaviour”.
  • 22. Supporting Lions Teams 21 Norming Team leaders COACH/ENCOURAGE
  • 23. Supporting Lions Teams 22 • In the norming stage, team members begin to understand their own roles and responsibilities and those of others. Co- operation is the theme, and members are able to share ideas and emotions more freely. Team members replace their individuals needs with those of the team in many situations. The team may not yet be effective, but it is beginning to accomplish what it set out to do.
  • 24. Supporting Lions Teams 23 As a Leader • You will ensure that: • Conflicts are resolved to the benefit of the team. Personal and team boundaries are established and respected • Team members accept the methods by which they are decided as a team to function • Questions, problems and concerns are easily expressed • Decisions are made and accepted by the team
  • 25. Supporting Lions Teams 24 Performing Productivity Team leaders MONITOR/SUPPORT
  • 26. Supporting Lions Teams 25 Performing • In the performing stage, the team has come together to achieve a common goal. Productivity is the theme. When conflicts arise, they are often about meeting team needs rather than personal needs, and they are often resolved quickly by the members themselves. Some teams reach this stage faster than others, and some teams never reach this stage.
  • 27. Supporting Lions Teams 26 As a Leader • You will ensure that: • Team members feel confident that they can make decisions and go to each other for help • Team members attempt to resolve their own conflicts, but come to you if needed • Ideas can be voiced and challenged without destroying co-operation • The tema is moving forward effectively to accomplish its goals
  • 28. Supporting Lions Teams 27 MODULE 2: Team Effectiveness
  • 29. Supporting Lions Teams 28 • In reality, the team’s true effectiveness depends not only on the task that it is completing, but also on the working relationships that impact productivity and co-operation. More often than not, it is the less visible things that prevent team members from being their most motivated and productive and that keep the team from reaching its highest level of efficiency.
  • 30. Supporting Lions Teams 29 Team Effectiveness Goals Participation Feedback Decisions Leadership Conflict Resolution Resource Recognition Risk Taking
  • 31. Supporting Lions Teams 30 • Goals: When people are part of the goal setting process, they have a greater commitment to the accomplishment of those goals. In assessing your Lions teams, ask yourself if the members share the same goals and if they were discussed and agreed upon
  • 32. Supporting Lions Teams 31 • Participation: have you ever been a part of a group, but felt that you were underutilized or that your role was thought of as less important than other team members. How did you feel? How well did you perform?
  • 33. Supporting Lions Teams 32 • Feedback: People need to know how they are doing and what they can do to improve. Feedback should be given frequently and always with a desire to help the other person. We will discuss feedback more in the session on Mentoring
  • 34. Supporting Lions Teams 33 • Decisions: Decisions are made that impact some or all of the team members. People are more enthusiastic and motivated when they take part in making those decisions. Good communications skills are vital in this regard
  • 35. Supporting Lions Teams 34 • Leadership: Leadership in a team is not always ‘formal’ leadership. As tasks change, different skills and resources arise and new leaders can and should emerge. Do your Lions teams allow members to demonstrate their leadership?
  • 36. Supporting Lions Teams 35 • Conflict Resolution: Team members should be allowed to express negative feelings and different points of view. It can be more damaging to avoid conflict than to confront it. Techniques for Conflict Resolution will be addressed later in this institute
  • 37. Supporting Lions Teams 36 • Resource Recognition: Lions are a diverse group of dedicated and talented people. Are their individual skills, knowledge, and experiences identified, recognized and used? • Risk Taking: Jawaharlal Nehru said, “The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all.”
  • 38. Supporting Lions Teams 37 ACTIVITY: Supporting your Team
  • 39. Supporting Lions Teams 38 • Consider the background information from the case study, remembering that in real life they would be able to gain much more information than is presented here • Using one of the Team Effectiveness Checklists on pages 12 and 13 of the Participant Manual as a guideline, assess the effectiveness of the team (The other checklist is provided for your future use.)
  • 40. Supporting Lions Teams 39 • Discuss what steps you might have taken throughout the project if you were a leader of this team • Be prepared to explain your comments to the entire group
  • 41. Supporting Lions Teams 40 • Did any ‘informal’ leaders emerge? • Did the group go through any stages of development? • Did they become a team? If so, when? • Were there any lessons in teamwork you learned from this exercise?
  • 42. Supporting Lions Teams 41 Session Objectives • Recognize stages of team development • Identify strategies for supporting your teams • Identify the effectiveness of Lions teams
  • 43. THANK YOU

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