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Effective Teams


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Effective Teams

  1. 1. Effective Teams<br />Learning Team C: <br />IssacAzevedo, Katherine Maloney and NivedithaTanguturu<br />University of Phoenix Online<br />COM/705: Communication Strategies<br />March 28, 2011 <br />Instructor: Dr. Doris Sweeney, PhD <br />
  2. 2. Introduction<br />Teams have been found to be the most effective way of dealing with the rapid pace of change that is so characteristic of the modern world. <br />(Drach-Zahavy & Somech, 2001, p. 111)<br />
  3. 3. Optimum Team Size <br />Learning teams work best with four to five members. <br />(Magney, 1995, p. 568)<br />
  4. 4. Heterogeneous Teams <br />The more diverse the team, the more likelythatitwill have the resourceswithinit to find solutions to complexproblems. <br />Heterogeneous teams are also more likely to be able to innovate, but members must pay close attention to the way in whichtheyworktogether, sinceconflictisalso more likely. <br />(Drach-Zahavy & Somech, 2001, p. 113)<br />
  5. 5. Team Charter <br />Before they start working together, effective teams take the time to agree on norms and principles that will guide their work. <br />(D’Andrea-O’Brien & Buono, para. 10)<br />
  6. 6. Inventory of KSAs <br />Effective teams have “a clear understanding of the strengths of their members, their knowledge, skills and abilities,” right from the outset. <br /> (D’Andrea-B’Brien & Buono, 1996, p. 7)<br />
  7. 7. Setting Goals and Objectives <br />Effective teams have a clear idea of what they want to achieve (D’Andrea-O’Brien & Buono, 1996, p. 6). <br />
  8. 8. Planning <br />Effective teams recognize that planning is mandatory for success. They break down tasks into manageable chunks (D’Andrea-O’Brien & Buono, 1996, p. 5) and respect deadlines (Gevers, van Eerde & Rutte, 2008, p. 295).<br />
  9. 9. Frequent and Efficient Team Meetings <br />Effective teams meet frequently. <br /> (Drach-Zahavy & Somech, 2001, p. 113) <br />Meetings are carefully planned and structured. <br />(Leigh, Aranda & Robbins, 2001, p. 93)<br />
  10. 10. Learning<br />Effective teams regularly reflect on the team’s objectives, strategies and processes (Drach-Zahavy & Somech, 2001, p. 112), and undergo continual growth and development (D’Andrea-O’Brien & Buono, 1996, p. 5).<br />
  11. 11. Exchanging Information <br />In effective teams, team members share knowledge and experience and learn from each other. <br /> (Drach-Zahavy & Somech, 2001, p. 112)<br />
  12. 12. Motivating <br />In effective teams, each team member is fully committed to the team’s goals. <br />(Drach-Zahavy & Somech, 2001, p. 112)<br />
  13. 13. Negotiating<br />In effective teams, team members show respect for other team member’s views and ideas, even when these are extremely different from one’s own. <br />Team members in effective teams are open to each other’s ideas, and influence each other’s thinking and behavior. <br /> (Drach-Zahavy & Somech, 2001, p. 113)<br />
  14. 14. Communicate <br />Effective teams engage in genuine and on-going dialogue with one another. <br />(D’Andrea-O’Brien & Buono, 1996, p. 8)<br />
  15. 15. Conclusion <br />Effective team workdoes not happen by accident. <br />Successful teams payjust as much attention to process as they do to product. <br />
  16. 16. References <br />Chen, A. N. K., Hwang, Y., Raghu, T. S.(2010).Knowledge Life Cycle, Knowledge Inventory, and Knowledge Acquisition Strategies. Decision Sciences, 41 (1), 25. DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-5915.2009.00258.x<br />D'Andrea-O'Brien, C., & Buono, A. F. (1996). Building effective learning teams: Lessons from the field. SAM Advanced Management Journal (07497075), 61(3), 4. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.<br />Drach-Zahavy, A., & Somech, A. (2001). Understanding team innovation: The role of team processes and structures. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 5(2), 111-123. doi:10.1037/1089-2699.5.2.111<br />
  17. 17. References, Con’td<br />Gevers, J. M. P., van Eerde, W, Rutte, C. G. (2009). Team self-regulation and meeting deadlines in project teams: Antecedents and effects of temporal consensus. European Journal of Work & Organizational Psychology, 18(3), 295. <br /> DOI: 10.1080/13594320701693217<br />Leigh, T., Aranda, E., & Robbins, S. (2001). Tools for teams: Building effective teams in the workplace. Pearson Custom Publishing, Boston, Ma. <br />Magney, J. (1996). Teamwork and the Need for Cooperative Learning. Labor Law Journal, 47(8), 564. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.<br />Project Management Institute (2008). A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge. (PMBOK Guide). Upper Darby, PA. 1996. (Ed. Duncan et. Al.)<br />