Common Misconceptions About
Teamwork
Wafa Hozien, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Virginia State University
whozien@vsu.edu
Six Misconceptions
• Teamwork Requires
Collaboration.
• Here are Six Common
Misconceptions about
Teamwork from
• J. Richar...
Harmony Helps
• Misconception: Smooth interaction avoids
time wasting.
• Conflict when focused on team’s objectives
genera...
Mix it Up
• Misconception: New members bring energy
and innovation.
• The longer the members stay, the better they
do.
• T...
Bigger is Better
• Misconception: Larger groups have more
resources.
• Excessive size is an impediment.
• The larger the g...
F2F is Passe
• Misconception: using latest technology teams
can do work more efficiently at a distance .
• There are benef...
Leader Dependent
• Misconception: Personality, behavior and style
of leader.
• The most effective leaders help members
com...
Teamwork Magical
• Misconception: just assemble talented people
and tell them generally what is expected. They
will work o...
Questions
• In groups of two: Give an example of each of
the misconceptions.
• Which one of these misconceptions is the
mo...
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In order for an organization to move forward in all of its functioning capabilities it needs to effectively collaborate. This powerpoint is based on J. Richard Hackman's piece in the Harvard Business Review, Spring 2014.

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Misperceptions Concerning Teamwork

  1. 1. Common Misconceptions About Teamwork Wafa Hozien, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Virginia State University whozien@vsu.edu
  2. 2. Six Misconceptions • Teamwork Requires Collaboration. • Here are Six Common Misconceptions about Teamwork from • J. Richard Hackman’s Work in the Harvard Business Review • • • • • • Harmony Helps It’s Good to Mix it Up Bigger is Better F2F is Passe Leader Dependent Teamwork is Magical From: HBR, Six Common Misconceptions about Teamwork By J.Richard Hackman, 2014, pp.12-3.
  3. 3. Harmony Helps • Misconception: Smooth interaction avoids time wasting. • Conflict when focused on team’s objectives generates: Creative Solutions • As long as conflict is about work From: HBR, Six Common Misconceptions about Teamwork By J.Richard Hackman, 2014, pp.123.
  4. 4. Mix it Up • Misconception: New members bring energy and innovation. • The longer the members stay, the better they do. • Teams that stay together longer play together better • For example: sports/orchestra From: HBR, Six Common Misconceptions about Teamwork By J.Richard Hackman, 2014, pp.12-3.
  5. 5. Bigger is Better • Misconception: Larger groups have more resources. • Excessive size is an impediment. • The larger the group the stronger the liklihood of free riding/social loafing From: HBR, Six Common Misconceptions about Teamwork By J.Richard Hackman, 2014, pp.12-3.
  6. 6. F2F is Passe • Misconception: using latest technology teams can do work more efficiently at a distance . • There are benefits to sizing up your team. • Organizations that rely on dispersed teams: – Meet at the beginning – Midpoint – When work is done From: HBR, Six Common Misconceptions about Teamwork By J.Richard Hackman, 2014, pp.12-3.
  7. 7. Leader Dependent • Misconception: Personality, behavior and style of leader. • The most effective leaders help members competently manage themselves. • Launch team well • Hands on teaching and coaching From: HBR, Six Common Misconceptions about Teamwork By J.Richard Hackman, 2014, pp.12-3.
  8. 8. Teamwork Magical • Misconception: just assemble talented people and tell them generally what is expected. They will work out the details. • The best leaders – provide clear expectations, – provide resources and support. From: HBR, Six Common Misconceptions about Teamwork By J.Richard Hackman, 2014, pp.123.
  9. 9. Questions • In groups of two: Give an example of each of the misconceptions. • Which one of these misconceptions is the most relavant today and why? From: HBR, Six Common Misconceptions about Teamwork By J.Richard Hackman, 2014, pp.12-3.
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