David answered on Dec 27 2017
Teams form an essential part of any organization to deliver the best possible outcome or result. Teamwork could be defined as a group of people with various compliments skills and strengths working towards a common goal or objective. Best performing teams is a mix of people with diversity of knowledge, experience, attitude and skill set required to face unforeseen challenges and respond to toughest of situations with utmost calmness and composure. High performing teams have members who recognize their individual strengths, open to any sort of feedback, focus on achieving goals, take interest in learning new things, high on integrity , believe in collaborating in doing rather than focus on individual performances and give high regards to the role of communication in performance of tasks. There is a famous saying that “There is no ‘I’ in Teamwork” which simply means that Cooperation, Compromise and Collaboration are three basic fundamental pillars of teamwork.
Teamwork if adopted in a positive framework or manner increases efficiency of participants, multiplies success, makes the work more of a fun rather than a burden or responsibility and maximizes strengths of individual members by shadowing their weaknesses. These days’ companies around the globe are giving utmost focus to team building activities because they have realized importance of great teams and results that could be delivered by great teamwork and efforts.
Key terms: - team performance, team effectiveness, teamwork, team communication, team composition
Team performance: - It is a management concept which is defined as a mechanism to tune and adjust the direction, composition and context of the team to work as a group which compliments each other and increases the overall performance and effectiveness of the team.
Managing team performance is a widely researched area by scholars and some interesting results and data points have been derived which has helped organizations around the world to re-organize their team composition and structure.
Team effectiveness: - It can be defined as a capacity or capability of a group of individuals to achieve their common set of goals and objectives. This could be governed by many factors and parameters such as – skill level of team on cross-functional work experience, conflict management and dealing with collaborative work environment. Also clarity of responsibilities and roles, along with commitment to the objective of group, social processes and interactions among group members contributes to the quotient of team effectiveness. It is not a single layered phenomenon or concept but involves multi-layer involvement, considers the complexity of team structure and layout in an organization, and also takes a note of dynamic interaction among team members and evolution of the team over time. Another view which is proposed for cali
ating team effectiveness is on basis of five key areas i.e. Leadership, Procedures, Roles, Relationships and Goals.
It could be summed up as what the team aspires to achieve (Goals), how the leader of team has aligned it to achieve the objective (Leadership), what processes and methods have been adopted by the team(procedures), bonding of the team (relationship), and contribution and part played by each member of the team(roles). Effective teams are always aware of and responsive to both their internal and their external environment.
Team Work- This could be defined as a process of working collaboratively with a group under any circumstance in order to achieve the goal. It is commonly discussed under management articles and theories that effective teamwork is not achieved automatically rather is an oriented reflection of many factors such as – Communication, Common vison and objectives, Collaboration, Team identity, Self-assessment, negotiation and resolution skills of the team.
A group of people with complementary skills and a common objective with high coordination and collaborative efforts form a successful team. Successful teams are also characterized by a team spirit based around mutual respect, trust, and helpfulness
Team communication- Strong team communication ensures frequent exchange of thoughts
est practices and new ideas, help build relationships and augments the motivation of team by counseling and coaching among members. It is also an...