Teams are differentiated from groups in that they have four essential elements
1. Goals – members must have mutual goals or a reason to work together
2. Interdependence – members must perceive a need for an interdependent working relationship
3. Commitment – members must be committed to the team effort
4. Accountability – the team must be accountable
In many situations individuals work together as a team to achieve a common goal. How effectively and efficiently the team performs is determined by the understanding the team members have as to what their team is and how to utilize their team resources, both individually and collectively.
Team Diagnostics – Rating Scales
To maximize performance for any team, it is important for team members to understand the “state” of their team. The team rating scales are ratings by each individual team member (anonymously) of the team and their individual contribution to the team in 12 areas
How effectively and efficiently the team performs is determined by the understanding the team members have as to what their team is and how to utilize their team resources, both individually and collectively.
3. Communication – conflict resolution (clarification)
4. Communication – Listening and understanding
5. Communication – participation and contributions
6. Involvement in the decision-making process
8. Support – recognition and respect
9. Support – contributions and ideas
10. Support – recognition and reward
12. Flexibility and creativity
The data is collected (anonymously) and is presented by comparing the averages of the team members rating of the team and their contribution to the team in the 12 areas. This graph gives a clear snapshot of the team performance in these 12 areas showing strengths and challenges.
Team Diagnostics – Learning Styles
The individual team members learning styles are assessed. The data is presented as a coordinate picture graph showing all of the learning styles of the team members. This gives team members a clear picture of the similarities and differences in the learning styles of their teammates. Presentation of this data usually increases team performance and productivity because team members see the strengths of themselves and their team members in different learning situations. This diagnostic is especially important to collaborative learning teams.
Team development is a process. The first step is collecting data (diagnostics) and doing the analysis to assess the present “state” of the team. This is then presented to the team. The presentation of this data to the team usually increases team performance and productivity because team members see the state of their team and the contributions of themselves as team members. The data also shows the areas and issues the team needs to work on to improve. If additional training, workshops, seminars are needed to improve performance in certain areas, this is best accomplished by an external facilitator.
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