We have all participated in team building seminars, retreats and have been involved in team building exercises, have these activities lived up to your expectations? Have you built successful workplace teams? In the workplace your function and performance probably serve a bigger picture however, many of us tend to focus on what we’ve accomplished, our success, and how we can put the success we ‘ve claimed on our resume. Of course, the roles within a team should be clearly defined, the team needs a clear purpose-objectives, and should have appropriate support systems provided by management.
Moving forward I would challenge you to focus on effective team behaviors that facilitate effective, high quality performance of a common goal. Being a part of a team can be a stressful process due to less than optimal coordination, communication, balance of member contributions, mutual support and decision-making. Clearly, there are certainly some drawbacks to working within a team, however, the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. It can be beneficial because being a part of a team can increase motivation, develop positive working relationships where team members can offer unique knowledge. Collaboration fosters teamwork and many brains are better than one. Does your work place foster an environment of teamwork and collaboration, there is no “I” in team. Because of less than a positive experience being a part of a team, many of us believe that thinking, planning, and decision-making are actions better performed when done independently.
Virtual teams are today’s reality. Telecommuting, social media, e-mail, voice-mail, video-conferencing, interactive pagers, and cell phones are here to stay. By embracing this change and not just reacting to it defines a successful manager. I found an article in Forbes magazine about leading a virtual team meeting http://alturl.com/q5y3q Although, the article was written several years ago it is still applicable today. Virtual teams should not be considered an obstacle for management but a growth opportunity for both the team member and management.