This week we are focusing on building strong work teams in your organisation and workplace. As a manager, it’s important to know who will work well together and what personalities, skills and learning styles will fit together to work most effectively.
“The psychologist B.W. Tuckman identified the four stages of a team’s developmental process:
|Forming||–||learning to deal with one another.|
|Storming||–||conflicts are brought to the surface and must be resolved.|
|Norming||–||team members settle into their roles and a team feeling begins to develop.|
|Performing||–||the team is united and working on the task at hand.”|
Quoted in Why Teams Don’t Work, Harvey Robbins & Michael Finley, Petersons Books, 1995.
Smile & ponder
This is the story about four individuals named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done, and Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, and Nobody realised that Everybody wouldn’t do it. Anyhow, it ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody, when actually Nobody did what Anybody could have done.
Of course, this confusion would never occur in the workplace if managers adopted and fostered a team approach.
Teams fail for many reasons, but the most frequent causes are:
- The team lacks visible support or commitment from management at the top.
- The team members lack self-discipline and are reluctant to take responsibility for their own actions.
- The members have received little or no training in team dynamics.
- The team has focused on the tasks – but not on the interpersonal relationships of members.
- There are too many people on the team and its structure is shaky.
- The team has been plagued by poor leadership.
Deborah Harrington-Mackin, The TeamBuilding Tool Kit, AMACOM, NY.
“In an effective team, team spirit has to be created so that the members work for the benefit of the group. To achieve its task the group needs each member, and so it is in the interests of the group to develop the skills of each member… Good individuals do not automatically make a good team until they learn to operate as one.”
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