(Mt) – SCSU Team Development Model Paper

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Can we be an Effective Team? What will it take? adapted from Don Murray & Associates and The Wisdom of Teams Characteristics of an Effective Team  There  is a clear unity of purpose. There is free discussion of the objectives until members can commit themselves to them; the objectives are meaningful to each team member.  The group has taken time to explicitly discuss team process –   how the group will function to achieve its objectives. The group has a clear, explicit, and mutually agreedupon approach: mechanics, norms, expectations, rules, etc. Characteristics of an Effective Team  The team has set clear and demanding performance goals  There is a lot of discussion in which virtually everyone participates     But it remains pertinent to the purpose of the team. If discussion gets off track, someone will bring it back in short order. The members listen to each other. Every idea is given a hearing. People are not afraid of being foolish by putting forth a creative thought even if it seems extreme. Characteristics of an Effective Team  People are free in expressing their feelings as well as their ideas  There is disagreement and this is viewed as good.  Disagreements are not suppressed or overridden by premature group action.  The reasons are carefully examined, and the group seeks to resolve them rather than dominate the dissenter. Characteristics of an Effective Team  Each individual carries his or her own weight  Meeting or exceeding the expectations of other group members.  Each individual is respectful of the mechanics of the group: arriving on time, coming to meetings prepared, completing agreed upon tasks on time, etc. To be an Effective Team Member  Respond   appropriately to others People assume that silence is agreement but this is a destructive norm When others fail to respond, the speaker doesn’t know whether people: Didn’t understand the remark, or  Understood it and agreed with it,  Understood it but disagreed with it,  Understood it but thought it was irrelevant.   Instead, show an active interest as members make comments or ask questions. This results in a meeting full of a sense of positive energy and involvement To be an Effective Team Member  Speak     for yourself Accept responsibility for your own remarks. Do not mislead yourself or others by offering opinions on what we should do that are really the opinions of some other authority. Avoid the temptation to build a case that supports your own opinion by referring to some vague “they” or “the experts” or “most people” Instead, say “I think” or “In my experience” Take care to avoid the impression that you are speaking for others. They can speak for themselves! To be an Effective Team Member  All Members Participate  Group members need not always participate in the same way, but they must keep actively involved in helping the group move along. To be an Effective Team Member  Avoid   Decisions by Default Choose to make your decisions openly rather than allowing decisions to be made by default. When a group faces an issue, it has only three options:  Openly agree to take an action.  Openly agree not to take action.  Decide-by-default to take no action.  To decide nothing by default has the same impact on the problem as an openly-declared decision to take no action Teams – Your Experience This activity is about the team development model and a self-analysis of your role and effectiveness as a team member. 1. Think about a team where you have been a member. In the box below, please describe the team. Include the context of the team, size of the team, responsibilities of the team, etc. 2. Use the Team Development model and apply it to your experience. You are to use the material from the MyMedia & PPT file AND the Five Stages of Team Development material. Based on your experience you are to describe how your team moved through the team development model. If your team didn’t pass through all stages, you should describe why the team didn’t make it through the stage. You are to use the specific actions/characteristics that are present in each stage. Complete the table below. STAGE Forming Storming Norming Performing Adjourning Description of your team’s movement to and through this state. 3. Review the PowerPoint presentation “Be an Effective Team Member.” Think about your role in the team and describe to what degree you exhibited the effectiveness characteristic. In the table below, some of the characteristics from the PowerPoint are listed. In your response be sure you address the items under each characteristic Characteristics With the team, I explicitly discussed team process A high level of participation in all discussions Did I demonstrate this characteristic? If so, how, if not, why not? Freedom in expressing feelings and ideas Disagreement was viewed as good Each individual carried their own weight in the work Respond appropriately to others Speak for yourself Avoid decisions by default

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