2Why Do We Need Teamwork? Many hands make light work Sum of the whole is greater than its partsUse collective strengths, personalities, talents, and skillsTogether we stand, united we fallCan mean the difference between success and failure
3Transitioning from individual to group to team Independent—operating individuallyInterdependent—depending on the help of othersTypes of groups:FamiliesFriendsNeighborsChurchesCommunities
4Groups versus teams All groups are not teams Teams have a common goal Teams have identifiable tasksTeams work for the good of the groupTeams collaborate, discuss, and have a shared understanding of their missionTeam members get to know each other’s strengths and preferred way of doing thingsTeams set timelines and meet to discuss progress
5How to build a successful team Clear expectationsDo team members understand why the team was created?Are the expectations identified for the team’s performance and outcomes?ContextDo team members understand why they are participating on the team?Can team members define the team’s importance to the overall goals of the company?
6How to build a successful team CommitmentDo team members want to participate on the team?Do team members feel that the mission is important?CompetenceDoes the team feel that it has the appropriate people participating?Does the team feel that its members have the knowledge, skill, and capability to address the issues for which the team was formed?
7How to build a successful team CharterHas the team taken its assigned area of responsibility and designed its own mission, vision, and strategies to accomplish the mission?ControlDoes the team have enough freedom and empowerment to feel the ownership necessary to accomplish its charter?Do team members understand their boundaries?
8How to build a successful team CollaborationDoes the team understand team and group process?Do members understand the stages of group development?Are team members working together effectively interpersonally?CommunicationAre team members clear about the priority of their tasks?Is there an established method for feedback?
9How to build successful teams? Creative InnovationIs the organization really interested in change?Doe it value creative thinking, unique solutions, and new ideas?Does it reward people who take reasonable risks to make improvements?ConsequencesDo team members feel responsible and accountable for team achievements?Are rewards and recognitions supplied when teams are successful?
10How to build successful teams CoordinationAre teams coordinated by a central leadership team that assist the groups to obtain what they need for success?Have priorities and resources been allocated?Cultural ChangeDoes the organization recognize that the team-based, collaborative, empowering, enabling organizational culture is different from the traditional, hierarchical organization it may currently be?
11Impact of Team Building Events Boost enthusiasm and positive moralePeople feel good about themselves and each otherEmployees get to know each other better and have a common experience to talk about at work
12Team Building Downsides and Risks Help employees become cynical about their organizationsOccurs when the team building events are held outside of the context of the company’s normal way of doing thingsExample: send people off to team building event but all work incentives are based on individual goals and effortsPeople lose productive hours complaining
13Team Building Downsides and Risks Harm trust, motivation, employee moraleOccurs when team events are not followed up with meaningful activities in the workplacePeople become jaded about such events as a waste of time and energyOccurs when team events have no follow-up
14Team Building Success Factors Use a team to plan the eventModel behavior you seek from the team building sessionsInclude teams in overall corporate structure of philosophies, values, and practicesPeople in a team environment share a purpose, vision, mission, and development system that enables people to grow personally and professionally
15Team Building Success Factors Reward and recognize team behaviorsTeams solve problems and improve processesTeam building events can enhance and help an organization grow stronger when used on an ongoing basis
16Character of TeamsThe character of the members of the team will have a great impact on how effectively the team functionsThe character of the team will be no better than the character of the members and how well they work together to accomplish team goalsThe team is no better than its weakest link
17Character of Teams Teams must: Have a good reputation Be respectful of team members, other teams, and community (business, school, church, etc.)Exhibit appropriate behaviorBe responsible and live up to the team’s purpose and goalsContribute in a positive way to the improvement, enhancement or growth of the communityUnderstand and accept diversityCare for team resources—human, material, financial