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Team Building: Assessing Problems and Importance

Why don't many managers or team leaders assess their teams periodically to identify problems and correct them before they affect team effectiveness?

How does a better understanding of team-building help a manager be able better to organize a team, diagnose team problems, and handle complex team dynamics in an increasingly global business community?

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Managers and/or team leaders often ignore the vital task of assessing the functionality of a team for many reasons: assuming that "many hands" make the workload light and thus "overseeing" is not needed; believing that the due to a team being comprised of different individuals whom likely have a variety of talents and perspectives on the task to be completed there will be no issue in attaining the goal, and finally, feeling that there will be a natural "second in command" amongst the team whom will "manage" when the manager/team leader is absent. By having these perceptions of the team and seeing no need for periodic assessments, managers/leaders fail to have any observation of potential problems. Worse, they may be relying on one or two team members whom may be more outspoken than the others, and thus ...

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This solution is over 550 words and is a two-part discussion on team building. The first part explains why a manager or leader must assess how the team is functioning periodically; in order to discover any problems and quickly address them before productivity suffers. The second part explains why team building is so important for managers to understand. Without knowledge of how teams work, a manager could assemble a team with the wrong individuals; or worse, not recognize there are issues and the team fails its goal.