The Art of Teamwork
May 17, 2010
The Art of Teamwork
What is teamwork? How does a team form from a group of individuals with different personalities and ideas? It is often said the difference between a group and a team is that a team shares a common goal (Davis, p. 309). However, this statement does not explain how a team is structured and how it grows into a single entity from a group of many. Taking an assortment of people and changing them from a group into a team takes time, patience, and focus (Davis, p. 310). The idea of developing and implementing a team charter can assist in this cumbersome task. It allows team members to highlight areas considered to be their strengths and be forthright about their weaknesses. ...view middle of the document...
(Davis, p. 313) As a result, when forming a team from different backgrounds, finding conflicting ideas and opinions is inevitable. However, the key point to remember is that everyone can make a significant contribution to the success of the team, provided that you allow people to contribute according to their own special skills and strengths (Davis, p. 313). In-other-words, a team can use the team charter to identify when to ask for input and assistance from different team members. Not only has this approach proven to be more successful for teams, it should minimize team conflict by not involving a member in the performance of a task they consider to be their weakness.
Though the development of a team can be a troublesome and lengthy process, the unique ability a committed team has to achieving a common goal, makes the effort worthwhile. The obstacles a team may encounter along its path to unity can be alleviated by the use of a team charter that clearly identifies each team member’s personal capabilities and desired contributions as well as a team consensus on the main functions and the aspirations of the team as a whole. The growth of a successful team is comparable to a work of fine art; it all starts with an idea that is developed, nurtured and groomed into a seemingly perfect entity to the naked eye.
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