On this effective teamwork and team-building course, utilizing videos and quizzes, you will learn how to…
The First Stage of Team Development – Forming
The Second Stage of Team Development – Storming
The Third Stage of Team Development – Norming
The Fourth Stage of Team Development – Performing
Solving Problems as a Team
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For most of us, teamwork is a part of everyday life. Whether it’s at home, in the community, or at work, we are often expected to be a functional part of a performing team. This teamwork training will encourage you to explore the different aspects of a team, as well as ways that they can become a top-notch team performer.
A team is a group of people formed to achieve a goal. Teams can be temporary, or indefinite. With individuals sharing responsibility, the group as a whole can take advantage of all of the collective talent, knowledge, and experience of each team member.
Team building is an organized effort to improve team effectiveness.
The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines a team as a number of persons associated together in work or activity. Teams are formed for many purposes. Examples include project teams, ad-hoc teams, quality improvement teams, and task forces. Sometimes the team is formed to work on a goal as an adjunct to a traditional hierarchy in an organization. At other times, the team is designed to replace the hierarchy.
When a new team forms, it concerns itself with becoming oriented. It does this through testing. It tests to discover the boundaries of interpersonal and task behaviour At the same time, the members are establishing dependency relationships with leaders, fellow team members, or any standards that existed when the group formed. The behaviours of orientation, testing and dependence become the process called Forming.
Members behave independently when the team forms. While there may be good will towards fellow members, unconditional trust is not yet possible.
In the Storming phase, the team starts to address the objective(s), suggesting ideas. It empowers itself to share leadership. Different ideas may compete for consideration, and if badly managed, this phase can be very destructive for the team. Egos emerge and turf wars occur. In extreme cases, the team can become stuck in this phase.
If a team is too focused on consensus, they may decide on a plan which is less effective to complete the task for the sake of the team. This carries its own set of challenges. It is essential that a team has strong facilitative leadership during this phase.
Once teams move from Norming to Performing, they are identified by high levels of independence, motivation, knowledge and competence. Decision making is collaborative and dissent is expected and encouraged as there will be a high level of respect in the communication between team members.
Teambuilding is an organized effort to improve team effectiveness. All members of the team must be committed to the idea in order for the effort to be effective. Teambuilding is indicated for regular teams -- or for a work team” in trouble”. Teambuilding implies hard work that continues on after the initial training session.
Giving thought to time and place considerations for a team meeting can go a long way toward producing a more effective meeting outcome. Below are some elements to think about.
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