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There are many different types of teams found in the workplace. However, no matter what label is assigned to the team, there are still fundamentals that make the team successful. The highest performing team is committed to a common goal and purpose as well as each individual's success and personal growth.

With that in mind, consider the following:

â?¢The new employee mentions that the plant has various work groups on the plant floor. He notices that some seem to work better together than others. Explain to him why that is and what factors could effect a team's performance.

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Teams are made up of people who all bring different skills, experiences and abilities to the project at hand, or the problem to be solved.

The efficiency or productivity of any team is dependent upon these people, their abilities, and their willingness to work together to accomplish a task.

This reference: http://www.psychology.csusb.edu/facultyStaff/Kottke_APS_2009_Team_Shinko_paper_V1.3.pdf, commented that there is research which indicates that the cognitive ability (or the intelligence) of the team members affects team performance. This would, of course, stand to reason. The smarter the people on the team, the greater the likelihood that the team will be productive, and get things done. What the paper also has to say, however, is that the varied personalities of the individual team members also affects the group's productivity. The authors listed five personality traits which impact group productivity: extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, emotional stability and openness. Extraversion refers to a person's willingness to extend themselves in social situations, which a team is- a social situation. Agreeableness is the willingness to avoid confrontation, and the ability to compromise. Conscientiousness is a person's dedication to the task at hand, and their ability to stick with it to see the job done. Emotional stability refers to a person's ability to roll with ...

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