What is a team? Webster's Dictionary defined a team as a group of people working together towards a common goal. Clearly, defining a team as a group of people working towards a common goal causes us to test our perception about what makes up a work team. However, the creation of teams in today's society has become a key strategy in many Organizations. Today, team building is an essential element in supporting and improving effectiveness.
In this paper, we will explore the challenges that teams face in their efforts to work together. As we explore the inter workings of teams, we will review team components such as team productivity, growth, leadership, members roles and responsibilities, diversity, and communication. We hope to demonstrate that well-trained teams generate greater productivity and creativity, higher moral and cooperation, and improved communication. We feel that like a well-oiled machine, a high performance team functions with the confidence, professionalism and competence needed to achieve their goals.
First we would like to talk about productivity. Productivity is a key element in any effective team. We will discuss several topics which will assist a team in growing from an infant state, to achieving dynamic results! The Encyclopedia Britannica describes "Productivity" as: "In economics, the ratio of what is produced to what is required to produce it."
When improving current productivity is the task, it helps to first question everything. What we mean be that can be illustrated with two popular phrases, "Think outside the box" and "Brainstorming". When we say "Question everything", we really mean it. No question is a bad question.
For example, Charles is in the restaurant industry and finds himself often consumed with the challenge to increase productivity. Charles would often get frustrated watching employees making egg sandwiches. To...