Teamwork, Motivation and Communication

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Summary:   The business definition of teamwork relates to the collective decision making processes that lead to goal oriented relationships formed between all participants. Generally, what is required from teams are the integration of work from the people involved, the generation of motives and solutions to the problem concentrated on, high involvement, team leadership and continuous encouragement.

Teamwork Development: An interactive approach

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Organizations all around the world are comprised of many essential elements, including management, employees, and operational schemes. As techniques in stronger organizational development are conjured, the issue of teamwork within corporations increases in relevance. Today, managers ranging from small businesses to worldwide industries have realized and integrated teamwork methods into their planning. Essentially, teamwork can be referred to a new way of reorganizing, while mainly concentrating on decentralizing responsibility to the employees in a cooperative decision-based environment. Strongly considered are the benefits that employees, working in a team motivated process, offer to the company in all its aspects, including culture, virtues and goals (www.winstonbrill.com, Innovative Leader). What will be thoroughly discussed are the dominating characteristics of teamwork, the methods of selection, leadership and team development. Following this, a team assessment exercise will conclude the research while comparing our personal experience as a team to the theoretical determinants, which will have been previously analyzed.

To begin, the business definition of teamwork relates to the collective decision making processes that lead to goal oriented relationships formed between all participants. Generally, what is required from teams are the integration of work from the people involved, the generation of motives and solutions to the problem concentrated on, high involvement, team leadership and continuous encouragement (http://instruct1.cit.cornell.edu,General Considerations). The first characteristic of integration relies on the overall cooperation off all members as well as the convergence of ideas. Everyone is different and so are our ideas. A team allows us not only to convey those ideas, but work toward a common goal of joining thoughts and working toward a plausible solution to a problem we have been assigned (http://instruct1.cit.cornell.edu, General Considerations). Thus, incorporation of work allows for a more effective plan and even a holistic approach to decision making. The second characteristic of motivation compels members to work together and this may go hand in hand with encouragement. Only if the team has particular reasons for doing something will they strive to meet objectives. Similarly, motivation plays a major role in pushing individuals toward reaching their target - the solution to a problem. Another characteristic is high involvement, which is really something that should be encouraged by the team leader (who will be discussed next). This occupies the whole 'space' in which the team works. It is highly encouraged because it would eventually lead to a rounder way of looking at the tasks ahead, taking into consideration things that would serve to be important for the problem-solutionprocess. In addition, contribution from all members is a valued resource. Given that a team is made up of more than one person, it is important for all to express their ideas in a functional way (www.acas.org.uk, Acas-Teamwork: Success Through People). Finally, there is the issue of leadership. This is normally the task of one person who is chosen by management to lead, exert some power and motivate the rest. 'Leaders have to be deliberate and have a plan on how to communicate' the goal of a team (www.tms.com.au, Executive Excellence). They need to build trust amongst members and make sure that everyone is clear on what is asked from them. Essentially, it is the leader...
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