2What is Teamwork & Team Building Concept of people working together as a teamTeam playerA team player is someone who is able to get along with theircolleagues and work together in a cohesive groupTeam BuildingProcess of establishing and developing a greater sense of collaboration and trust between members
3Why Should We Be a Team?When staff use their skills and knowledge together, the result is a stronger agency that can fulfill its mission“To provide accurate information that would assist individuals in achieving a better quality of life.”People working together can sustain the enthusiasm and lend support needed to complete the work of each program.
4How does a Team Work Best? A Teams succeeds when its members have:a commitment to common objectivesdefined roles and responsibilitieseffective decision systems, communication and work proceduresgood personal relationshipsAccording to Bob Mendonsa and Associates’ web pagetrainingplus.com on Team building :Team Building is a process and not an event.Team Building is about both willingness and ability. Sometimes teams problems occur because team members lack important skills. Sometimes there are trust issues.Team Building must address individual and group issues. People do not “disappear” when they choose to belong to a group. Any team building effort must address the strengths and development needs of individual team members that impact the group as a whole.Of course the corollary is true and groups or teams fail when they:Think differentlyHave poor leadershipHave communications difficultiesHave competition between members
6Teamwork Skills Listen Question Persuade Respect Help Share Participate
7Team Roles - Leader Encourages and maintains open communication Leads by setting a good exampleMotivates and inspires team membersHelps the team focus on the taskFacilitates problem solving and collaborationMaintains healthy group dynamicsEncourages creativity and risk-takingRecognizes and celebrates team member contributions
8Recipe for Successful Team Effective systems and processesClear communicationBeneficial team behaviors; well-defined decision procedures and ground rulesBalanced participationAwareness of the group processGood personal relationshipsClear communication: Speak with clarity and be succinct. Listen actively; explore rather than debate each speaker’s ideas. Avoid interrupting.Beneficial team behaviors: Should encourage all members to use the skills and practices that make discussions and meetings more effective; suggest procedures for meeting goals, clarify or elaborate on ideas; keep the discussion from digressingWell-defined decision procedures: discuss how decisions will be made; use data as a basis of decisions; explore important issues by pollingBalanced participation: Everyone should participate in discussions and decisions, share commitment to the project’s success and contribute their talentsEstablished ground rules: Establish ground rules for what will and will not be tolerated in the teamAwareness of group process: Be sensitive to nonverbal communication; be aware of the group process and how the team works togetherUse the scientific approach: Of course this is the underlying assumption in a project development, but in team building it helps members avoid team problems and disagreements. Opinions must be supported by data