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Anticipating and Preventing Problems in a Team

Question 1.

How can a better understanding of the cultural backgrounds and norms of team members help a team leader anticipate problems and prevent them in the initial team building session?

Question 2.

How does having operating guidelines help prevent problems for a team? List and describe 5 operating guidelines that you think should be included.

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Question 1.

How can a better understanding of the cultural backgrounds and norms of team members help a team leader anticipate problems and prevent them in the initial team building session?

One of the main issues that always has to be considered with teams is that each team member brings their own values, traditions, and part of their culture to the team. The totality of the team members' cultures then make up the team's actual culture. Culture is a significant point for any team in a workplace, because people come from vastly different cultural systems. When we consider team culture, we acknowledge that "different members of the team are likely to have different styles and values, so they consequently behave in distinctive ways" (Ma, 2008). The team's management needs to consider the cultures that make up the team and analyze the inherent differences in those cultures.

We know that in the U.S., individualism is fostered and considered optimal. Individuals are driven to excel in the workplace and academically, and individual efforts are highly rewarded. Promotions, outstanding academic scores, and similar rewards are based on individual performance. In other cultures, collaborative efforts are pushed ...

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Question 1.

How can a better understanding of the cultural backgrounds and norms of team members help a team leader anticipate problems and prevent them in the initial team building session?

Question 2.

How does having operating guidelines help prevent problems for a team? List and describe 5 operating guidelines that you think should be included.

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