Building Business Teams

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Contents | Page No.|
Introduction| 02|
Team and its classification| 02|
Group vs. Team| 02|
Characteristics of successful business teams| 02|
The importance of team roles in successful business teams| 03| Belbin’s team role theory| 03|
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) | 05|
Contribution of team roles to the team| 05|
Theoretical models to develop successful teams| 06|
The stages of team development| 07|
Team leader role in facilitating development at each stage| 08| Motivating team members to achieve given objectives| 08|
Supporting Team Development through open communication| 09| Resolving conflict between team members| 09|
Monitoring the performance of a team against given objectives| 10| Recommendations to improve performance| 11|
Conclusion| 12|
Reference List| 13|

To perform a broad task business firms nowadays usually form business teams. These teams are created with an objective to aggregate expertise and knowledge of wide range of people to perform organizational activities more efficiently. But most of the cases due to lack of proper planning and management many business teams fail to meet their objectives. To develop successful business teams team leader has to coordinate and encourage the activities the team members. Team and its classification:

A tem is a group of people formed to reach a common goal with shared responsibility and mutual accountability. The team work is based on interdependency and cooperation ( 2011). Team can be classified in following ways:

1. functional
2. project,
3. matrix,
4. contract,
5. self-managed team;

Group vs. Team:
There are some differences between a group and a team. In a team, members work to achieve a common goal, held members accountable within the team, and solve any conflict by mutual consensus. Whereas in a group, members work to achieve the goal set by the leader, held accountable by the lead, and conflict is solved by the leader ( 2011).

Characteristics of successful business teams:
Successful business teams have the following characteristics:
Participative leadership: successful business teams use participative style of leadership to manage the team members. No single member has the dominating power. Every problem is solved by active participation of the members (Gitman and McDaniel 2005). Loyalty: Loyalty always exists among the members of successful teams. Members remain loyal to the decisions and actions taken by the whole team. Trust: Each member of successful business teams has trust on other. Trust is the basis to establish a strong tie among the team members. Open communication: Every important matter is rapidly communicated among the team members in successful teams. Conflicting issues are quickly resolved by way of constructive and open communication (Sears 2007). Shared goals and objectives: Teams and groups differ in this case. Members in successful business teams have a common goal (goals) to achieve. All the members exert their effort to achieve the shared goals and objectives.

Shared responsibility: Successful business teams are characterized by shared responsibilities of the team members (Guttman 2008). Shared vision: A common vision is set for the team members in successful teams. Common purpose: Every member in a successful business team has a common purpose for example to achieve a certain sales figure. Cooperation between members: To be successful a business team must promote cooperation among the members. With the mutual cooperation they can achieve their common goals. Motivation: Members in successful business teams are highly motivated due to the shared goals and mutual accountability. There is no leader to dominate over them (Hronek 2010).

The importance of team roles in successful business teams: Belbin’s team role theory:
According to Belbin different...
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