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    Self-Directed and High Performing Teams

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    Details: You are in a managers meeting. The company has been working on establishing self-directed, high-performing teams. Some of the managers are having some success while others are not. A discussion is going on as to what is making some successful and others not. This is a situation where those who are struggling need to learn from those who are doing well.

    Discuss what could be going wrong. Offer some recommendations that might be helpful to those managers who are struggling. Use the Library and Internet to research this topic.

    - Apply principles of team building to create solutions.
    - Discuss various approaches to building high performing teams.
    - Outline the benefits of cohesive groups.

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    The response addresses the queries posted in 1321 words with references. Before writing about the problems faced by the self-directed and high performing teams, we have to understand the characteristics of 'self- directed teams' and 'high performing teams'. Then, we will discuss about the different problems faced by the Managers.

    Self-directed and high performing teams:

    There are several problems that are usually encountered in moving towards the use of self-managed teams (Prasad, 2007). In this case also, the managers would have faced some problems while forming self-managed teams; as a result of which only a few of them were able to form successful teams.

    The first problem that the managers face is that what should be done with the first line supervisors who are not needed any longer as supervisors. Some can assume new responsibilities as coordinators or coaches while the others may rejoin the work group, however many of them are not needed anymore. Another problem can be that the managers or coordinators that are now one level above the teams will probably oversee the activities of the several teams, and their roles will change to emphasize planning, expediting, and coordinating.

    These managers will need considerable training to acquire skills in group leadership and the ability to delegate to the teams. Moreover, the members of the team will need to develop new skills in participating in team meetings, as well as in planning, quality control, budgeting, and so forth. (French & Bell, 2004) Self-directed work team is defined as a group of employees who are responsible for a complete work process. They bring a product or service to internal or external users. The members in the team work in coordination towards a particular goal through interrelated activity.

    As per the directions, we will discuss about the characteristics of teams and different team management approaches. After that, the important competencies of a Manager for the development of high performing teams will also be discussed.

    Team approaches most often succeed when:

    - Services and products require quick development,
    - Work crosses disciplines and functions,
    - Innovation and learning are the main concerns,
    - There are rapid changes in the environment,
    - Task completion ...