Team Dynamics.

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"A team is defined as a group of two or more individuals engaged in some joint action with a specific mission or goal" in mind (Eckes, 2002 pg 3). Forming teams allows a group of individuals to accomplish a specific task that a single individual would be unable to accomplish on his own. Many companies are relying more and more on teams. "Typically in many organizations, layers of management have been replaced by self directed teams, which are becoming the basic building blocks of many businesses. Business leaders now realize that a team and mentoring approach can be the catalyst for superior performance" (Lembach, 2005, pg 2, 3). In order for teams to become successful, the team members need to create a common goal and open communication within the team. If there is no communication or trust between the team members the team is setting themselves up for failure. Several elements will go into helping a team reach a positive conclusion these elements include team member roles, team rules, logistics, conflicts, and the resolution of conflicts.

Each of these elements needs to be addressed at the beginning of any team assignment, this will allow team members to have a positive experience and eliminate any confusion as to what is expected from each team member.

To be successful in the ever-changing professional world, skills in team dynamics are more important than ever before. A successful team will create a common goal and open communication within the team. They will also accept and understand that each individual will bring in different cultural, ethical, and professional attributes, which each team member can learn from. What is taken and brought into the group is an individual effort, but the end result is going to be a team effort. Reducing stress and workload is another...