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    Please help me word paper explaining the difference between a group and a team. Include an examination of the importance of workplace diversity in an organization and how it relates to team dynamics in the workplace.

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    One way to help you with an assignment like this one is to provide information for each section, which you can draw on for your final copy. Like all academic papers, you will include an Introduction, Body and Conclusion.


    1. Please help me word paper explaining the difference between a group and a team.

    From one source, the author mentions ten main differences between groups and teams: understanding, ownership, creativity and contribution; trust, common understandings, personal development, conflict resolution, decision making, leadership and commitment. The following excerpt expands on each concept, through comparing groups and teams on each

    1. Understandings. In a group, members think they are grouped together for administrative purposes only. Individuals sometimes cross purpose with others. In a team, members recognize their independence and understand both personal and team goals are best accomplished with mutual support. Time is not wasted struggling over "Turf" or attempting personal gain at the expense of others.

    2. Ownership. In a group, members tend to focus on themselves because they are not sufficiently involved in planning the unit's objectives. They approach their job simply as a hired hand. "Castle Building" is common. In a team, members feel a sense of ownership for their jobs and unit, because they are committed to values-based common goals that they helped establish.

    3. Creativity and Contribution. In a group, members are told what to do rather than being asked what the best approach would be. Suggestion and creativity are not encouraged. In a team, members contribute to the organization's success by applying their unique talents, knowledge and creativity to team objectives.

    4. Trust. In a group, members distrust the motives of colleagues because they do not understand the role of other members. Expressions of opinion or disagreement are considered divisive or non-supportive. In a team, members work in a climate of trust and are encouraged to openly express ideas, opinions, disagreements and feelings. Questions are welcomed.

    5. Common Understandings. In a group, members are so cautious about what they say, that real understanding is not possible. Game playing may occur and communication traps be set to catch the unwary. In a team, members practice open and honest communication. They make an effort to understand each others point of view.

    6. Personal Development. In a group, members receive good training but are limited in applying it to the job by the manager or other group members. In a team, members are encouraged to continually develop skills and apply what they learn on the job. They perceive they have the support of the ...

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    The following answer discusses workplace diversity and team dynamics.