Building High Performance Teams
University of Phoenix
June 25, 2007
Organizations today strive to be the best in the industry. In order to continuously stay ahead of the competition, organizations use creative and innovative ideas from the employees. People are an organization’s most valuable asset. Without people, an organization would cease to exist. Management identifies a need of the organization and utilizes the employee to meet the need. Gathering information from a group or team within the organization, allows the employee to have input on which steps achieve the goal. What is a group? “A group is a collection of two or more people who work with one another regularly to achieve common goals” (Schermerhorn, Hunt, & Osborn, 2005). A team is similar to the definition of a group. “A team is a small group of people with complementary skills who work actively together to achieve a common purpose for which they hold themselves collectively accountable” (Schermerhorn, Hunt, & Osborn, 2005). How can a group become a high performance team? High performance teams are developed through planning, communication, and diversity. Planning
Planning is the key to the success of any project, or organization. The group should elect a team leader to help guide the group through issues. The group should identify the needs of the organization. The group will decided which task to tackle first. A plan must be developed to identify the expected outcome. Once the outcome has been established, the group will begin to break down the task into small steps. Brainstorming is a method which allows all members to provide input on the issues. Each member is given an opportunity to voice an opinion of how they feel the plan should be worked. This method of breaking down task may involve the five stages of development. After the tasks have been broken down into smaller assignments, the leader can delegate the assignment to...
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