Learning Team B
September, 17 2003
University of Phoenix
To compete successfully in today's class environment, teams need to be lean, flexible and responsive to their assignments.In order to achieve this, organizations are changing their traditional ways of working (i.e. hierarchically and functionally driven structures) in favor of team-based approaches that emphasize the empowerment of employees and sharing of leadership responsibilities.
In the past, many organizations rushed to form teams and did not invest sufficient time, training, and resources to lay the groundwork for effective team development. What happens before a team gets started and what happens in the first few meetings can often determine how successful the team will be!
The Purpose of a Team Charter
A critical component for team success lies in the establishment and acceptance of a Team Charter.
Its purpose is to provide team members:
The information necessary to understand clearly the work the team is undertaking.
Clarity about team structure, membership and roles.
The basis for determining the team's goals and performance measures.
The limits and boundaries within which the team is to operate.
Processes to manage the team's organizational relationships and interfaces.
A key to survival for teams in our present (and future) educational environment is to organize classmates into teams. A Team Charter is a tool that can be utilized to create and sustain a successful team, reducing the chance of failure.
Key Building Blocks of a Team Charter
ÃÂ· Common Purpose
ÃÂ· Roles and Responsibilities
ÃÂ· Decision Making Model
ÃÂ· Ground Rules
ÃÂ· Performance Measures
Implementing the Team Charter
1. Common Purpose
The purpose of our Team Charter is to establish guidelines that will be a resource for the team by clearly defining...