Professor Dominic deLacy
One of the greatest challenges in any new situation is changing our own mindset about how something should work or should be. We have grown to expect that meetings, for example, will follow a set pattern and be made up of predictable interactions. Organizations have embraced teams and teamwork as an effective way of doing business. The last 20 years has seen the replacement of 'supervisors' by 'team leaders'. Companies have embraced these concepts because they work. Employee motivation and morale improves dramatically when people feel valued and when their contributions make a difference. This paper about teamwork highlights the role of teamwork in achieving improved organization performance and better morale. When developing a team, it is important for the team leader to select members that will be productive and pleasant. The team member selection process is among the most important duties the team leader will have to perform as a part of the team. The team needs to be a positive mix of people with the right combination of skills that will make the group successful. There are many ways to accomplish different tasks, but any task can be accomplished through teamwork. It is a simple and practical principle that makes working independently seem primitive. In today’s society, for example, we are forced to collaborate with co-workers, or teammates, to accomplish a similar goal. Throughout our lives we are always going to be associated with a group, or involved in a situation where teamwork will achieve more than an effort alone can accomplish. It is an obvious fact that, “Together, everyone accomplishes more” (Michael Lembach, 2005). When it comes to teamwork, most people will consider teamwork in terms of being part of a baseball, basketball, or football team. In contrast, a team is “really just a group of people who use their skills, experience, and knowledge to work toward a common goal”...
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