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Organizational Development: Team Building and Interpersonal Skills

Every week, the HR division (the company in question is a manufacturer and marketer of food and animal feed ingredients) has a virtual team meeting, where you discuss both specific and general issues relating to CF&F. The focus this week is team and interpersonal skills.

Post your thoughts on various interpersonal skills and team techniques and explain how they fit into the organization development program. Specifically, address the following:

1. Organizations are committed to building cohesion into their teams. What interpersonal skills are required to build this cohesion?
2. Explain why interpersonal skills are important to a team and list examples.
3. Organizations are moving towards a team environment. What is the purpose for developing teams within the organization and how can teams help create cohesion between management and employees?

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Case Scenario:

Every week, the HR division (The company in question is a manufacturer and marketer of food and animal feed ingredients) has a virtual team meeting, where you discuss both specific and general issues relating to CF&F. The focus this week is team and interpersonal skills. Post your thoughts on various interpersonal skills and team techniques and explain how they fit into the organization development program. Specifically, address the following:

1. Organizations are committed to building cohesion into their teams. What interpersonal skills are required to build this cohesion?

Cohesion is the degree to which members are attracted to and motivated to remain part of a team. This can be beneficial if paired with positive performance norms. Interpersonal skills play a major part in building cohesion and team motivation, which is necessary in order to work together on a common goal to meet the organizations overall mission and vision. The following interpersonal skills are important:

Interpersonal Skills

- Treats others with respect, trust (i.e., openness in critiquing and trusting others), and dignity.
- Communication: Open, honest, and effective exchange of information between members.
- Works well with others by being considerate of the needs and feelings of each individual.
- Promotes a productive culture by valuing individuals and their contributions.
(Source: http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/hrd/case/chart1.html)

2. Explain why interpersonal skills are important to a team and list examples.

If team members work well together, they will be able to draw on each other's strengths to meet common goals. Conversely, if one team member refuses to see things in the same way as ...

Solution Summary

Relating to CF&F, this solution responds thoroughly to the questions on topics including interpersonal skills, team building, team environments, and how teams can help create cohesion between management and employees. This is all addressed in about 1100 words and includes references.

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