Working with and Leading People

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A team can be defined as “A group of people who work together to accomplish something beyond their individual interests.”(Yaverbaum and Sherman 2008) With team work it should however be expected that there will be conflicts at certain points while on the other hand team working has its benefits as well. This assignment is going to cover, the benefits of team working, working in a team as a member towards specific goals, dealing with any conflict or difficult situations, a review of the effectiveness of the team in achieving the goals, an explanation of the factors involved in planning the monitoring and assessment of work performance and an assessment of the development individual needs. Benefits of team working

The benefits of team working can be clearly defined in Beblin’s team building process which is well explained by Cheverton(2009). He explains the nine different team roles which are the plant, monitor evaluator, co-ordinator, resource investigator, implementer, complete finisher, team-worker, shaper and specialist. As the team worked towards achieving the goal of coming up with a proposal for the film, it made it easier for the work to be done in a more effective way as each person’s role was defined. The workload was also decreased because each member knew their role well. Due to the fact that we were working as a team great ideas came up from the different team members and after all the ideas had been intertwined together we managed to come up with a very good proposal for the film. Working as a team helped all of us to be able to learn how to communicate well as we were from different backgrounds and made it easier to learn to accept each other with these differences. Working in a team as a member towards specific goals

As a team member my main role was to be the specialist as according to the nine team roles identified by Beblin. The main reason why this role was allocated to me is because of the fact that I have great experience when it comes to film making thus making the proposal woud not be much of a problem. As one of its main goals, the team aimed at coming up with a proposal that would be appealing thus my expertise made it possible for this goal to be met. Dealing with any conflict or difficult situations

In Tuckman’s group structures theory it is mentioned that “Four variables underpinned group structure: testing and dependence, intra-group conflict, development of group cohesion and functional role relatedness.”(Murray, Poole, Jones 2006). The main part of interest will be the intra-group conflicts. Due to the fact that many people from different backgrounds were in this group conflicts definitely arose at certain points. Some of the difficult situations we had to face were that of people like the shapers and the co-ordinators (Beblin’s team roles) becoming too pushy thus putting too much pressure on the rest of the team. Other conflicts that had to be dealt with are those of people who did not want to be corrected or did not want their ideas to be considered as not good enough for the proposal. The main difficult situation however was of how the team leader wanted to adapt to Charles Handy’s Power Culture. “Handy says it is when an organisation is dominated by the personality and power of one person often the owner.”Williams J., Curtis T(2006) In this case the team leader wanted every decision we made at as a team to go through him which was not a very good culture to want to adapt as every team member needed to feel their ideas were being considered. The team leader was not very good at turning down some of the team members’ ideas which were not good enough thus had them demotivated. However to solve these conflicts and difficult situations, the team leader was spoken to politely and asked to understand the team members’ different feelings and speak to them properly. He was also adviced by everyone not to use the culture he wanted to use to run the team because not...
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