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Just about any job entails working with others. There are ways to put your best foot forward and ensure your team is successful!

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  1. 1. teamwork Sponsored in part by the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth, Michigan Works!, through your local Workforce Development Board and Muskegon County Board of Commissioners. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities EEO/ADA/Employer/Programs - TTY# - 711.
  2. 2. what is a team?  A group of people linked together for a common purpose, goal, or task  A team is not simply a group of people  Teamwork is the joint action of team members to achieve a task or goal  How teams meet their goals:  Focusing on their strengths and weaknesses  Improvement by collaborating member’s skill sets
  3. 3. Groups Teams Members work independently and often are not working towards the same goal. Members work interdependently and work toward both personal and team goals. Members focus mostly on themselves because they are not involved in the planning of the group’s goals and objectives. Members feel a sense of ownership for their role in the group because they helped create the goals. Members are given tasks or told what their duty is and suggestions are rarely welcomed. Members collaborate together and use their talent and experience to meet goals. Members are very cautious about what they say and are afraid to ask questions. Members base their success on trust and encourage all members to express their varying opinions, views, and questions. Groups vs Teams
  4. 4. interdependent teams  Everyone needs to work together to accomplish anything significant  Success of the individual=success of the team  A team is only as strong as the weakest member
  5. 5. stages of team growth a. Forming b. Storming c. Norming d. Performing e. Warming
  6. 6. forming the polite stage What you can do  Get to know the people on your team  Help establish a collaborative and grounded environment  Set goals and objectives  Define roles and responsibilities  Communicate  Build trust  If you are confused, ask your team leader or manager for clarification  Team structure is identified and members get to know each other  Members tend to be polite and cautious toward each other  “Normal” team behavior is considered and established
  7. 7. storming the chaos stage What you can do  Try to understand different viewpoints without taking the conflict personally  Know that conflict is normal and can be productive; look for solutions that both parties can agree on  Refrain from blaming or pointing fingers  Use problem-solving and consensus-building methods  The most difficult team growth stage  Authority is challenged  Arguments may occur as team members feel free to disagree and offer personal opinions
  8. 8. norming the stabilizing stage What you can do  Revise procedures and ground rules as necessary  Remember conflict resolution skills and, when possible, compromise to reach an agreement  Share decision-making and problem solving  Listen to understand  Ask for and give feedback  Celebrate individual and team successes  The team is accepted and differences are reconciled  Team spirit begins to build again  Members listen better and accept new ideas  Significant progress is made
  9. 9. performing the productive stage What you can do  Continue to cooperate and use conflict management skills  Continue to give consideration to others and their responsibilities  Measure accomplishments against goals and timeframes  Stay focused on both the end goal and how far the team has come  Look for new ideas and ways to improve  Continue to celebrate successes  Team satisfaction and loyalty are high  Members are open and trusting  Cooperation and consideration help increase the quality and quantity of work  Individuals are more focused on working as a team rather than individual issues
  10. 10. warming the peak of synergy What you can do  Summarize the project and all the work that was done  Give each member the opportunity to share their experience  Encourage members to stay in touch and to continue to share information and ideas  Synergy is reached when things work together to create an outcome that is greater than the individual parts  Relationships between team members become closer; a sense of family is developed  Work becomes fun and challenging
  11. 11. characteristics of effective teams the foundation  Clear goal  Avoid “fuzzy” statements  Results-driven structure  Must be productive and able to set own goals  External support and encouragement  Praise works just as well motivating teams as it does individuals  Principled leadership  Lead with integrity
  12. 12. characteristics of effective teams the people  Competent members  Sound level of knowledge  Unified commitment  Directing efforts toward a common goal  Collaborative climate  Honest, open, consistent, and respectful behavior  High standards understood by all  Members must know what is expected individually and collectively
  13. 13. keys to successful teams a. Partnership b. Communication c. Dedication
  14. 14. partnership  The ability to work together  Each partner acts as part of the whole  If any part is missing, the task is not complete  It is not whole
  15. 15. communication  The act of exchanging thoughts, messages, or information  Speech  Signals  Writing  Behavior  Sending, giving, or exchanging information or ideas
  16. 16. dedication  The consideration and commitment given to make the team successful  Following through on responsibilities  Maintaining a positive attitude  Considering other’s needs
  17. 17. Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. Henry Ford Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. Michael Jordan
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