Team Dynamics: Team Communication

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In today's society, whether it is in the workforce or in the classroom, teamwork has become an intricate part of our daily lives. It has become apparent to CEOs and professors alike that the old cliché, "two heads are better than one", is very true and has proven to be very beneficial. Because of the teamwork philosophy, the need for effective and productive communication has become a necessary part of our daily living. In order to have effective and productive teams, you must have team members that communicate well with each other. Also, because the language patterns used by teams are shaped by the organizational structures, systems, and cultures in which they are embedded, these patters have an enormous impact on the quality of the teams work and overall success or lack thereof (Karl, 1996). Team communication is most effective when all members have acquired an understanding of the different aspects of verbal and nonverbal communication, while mastering the techniques for using both types of communication to create a supportive and productive team environment.

Merriam-Webster defines team as "a number of persons associated together in work or activity". According to Alberts (2007) a tem has a shared identity; all members of the team perceive the team as a functional unit and see themselves as part of that unit. They have a common goal and all members work together to accomplish the same task. Teams are interdependent; the efforts of each individual member are essential to complete the task. Teams possess personal interaction; each member of the team communicates with each other and share information. Teams also have a mutual influence; each member of the team influences every other member's understanding of the task at hand and the process by which the task will be accomplished. In the workforce and in...