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Pick a team. Why is it effective and what can a manager learn from its characteristics and activities?

1. Pick a team that you are currently a member of, a prior team in which you were a member, or search the Internet for an example of a real-life team. Be sure to choose one that meets these two criteria: (1) it's not part of a for-profit business and (2) you can argue it's highly effective. State the name of your team list its web site and give a brief description of the team to include their mission.

2. Determine the reasons for the team's effectiveness. (Hint: You might look for web sites sponsored by the group itself, review online news sources for current articles about it, or enter the group's name in a search engine.) Consider team characteristics and activities, such as role structures, norms, cohesiveness, and conflict management.

3. What can a manager learn from the characteristics and activities of this particular team? How might the factors that contribute to this team's success be adopted in a business setting?

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Discussion for your study questions:

1. Pick a team that you are currently a member of, a prior team in which you were a member, or search the Internet for an example of a real-life team. Be sure to choose one that meets these two criteria: (1) it's not part of a for-profit business and (2) you can argue it's highly effective. State the name of your team list its web site and give a brief description of the team to include their mission.

The perfect choice for this example would be SCORE. SCORE is a non-profit agency, and each of their teams is highly effective. They can be found here: http://www.score.org/about-score

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) teams are all over the country. Each team is made up of retired businessmen and businesswomen who now act as mentors for businesses. When a business is just getting started, runs into production or financial troubles that are very serious, is trying to expand, or just needs a mentor in general, they turn to a SCORE team. The SCORE team of retired businesspeople comes into the company, and analyzes each area. The processes, procedures, and actions of each department are comprehensively discussed to ...

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