MGT331 - High Performance Teams

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High Performance Teams

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MGT331/Organizational Behavior

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April 12, 2005

High Performance Teams

What is a High Performance Team?

"High performance teams are a special class of team that has the ability to easily adapt in a rapidly changing world" (Bodwell, 2002, p. 3). They are composed of highly driven individuals who have the desire to succeed and make anything happen. The individuals are willing to work extra hours if need be and put forth the effort to exceed expectations. Most important, they possess the enthusiasm from within to do whatever it takes to get the job done before the deadline clock runs out.

"To a casual observer, a team may appear to be culturally homogenous. Yet each team member brings his or her own set of communication values that transcend gender, nationality, ethnicity, role or socio-economic status" (Bodwell, 2002, p. 23). The demographic characteristics and cultural diversity of these individuals have both a positive and negative impact on the behavior of the group.

All members, regardless of who and what they are and represent, bring value to the team in his or her own little way. Concisely, to achieve the status of becoming a high performance team, what is required is diversity of the team's individual members.

Who makes up a High Performance Team?

Teams can consist of anywhere from two to 20 members. Prior to team formulation, management must decide who within the organization will have the most impact on the team. This determines who will be responsible for what part of the assignment. In order to comprise a quality team effectively, management usually assigns the minimum number of individuals with the maximum amount of knowledge in each of the areas involved. Subject matter expertise is critical to any high performance team composition. In fact,