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Team Effectiveness in Management


After the meeting you began to talk about this statement with some of your co-workers. What ideas and possible debates would you come up with?

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Please refer to response attached, which is also presented below. I also attached two articles that you may find helpful. I hope this helps and take care.


Questions that would probably come up are, what make a team member effective? What skills make a good team player? What behaviors are harmful to group work? (i.e., controlling behavior, inability to listen, sarcasms, etc.)? What type of skills would increase the likelihood of being a successful team member?

We would probably come with some of the skills presented below; skills that can help you express your ideas to your teammates more effectively.


1. Active Listening - Communication is a two-way street, so it is important that you listen carefully to your teammates when they are speaking. Don't tune speakers out or get caught in the trap of planning ahead to what you want to say next. You may miss an important detail, and in the worst case, you repeat the detail you missed because you were not listening.

2. Ask Questions - If you hear something that confuses you, you should ask about it. Maybe you missed a detail or maybe you remembered something others forgot. In any case, it's important that everyone understand exactly what's going on.

Chances are that if you're confused, then others are too.

Conversely, if a team member asks you a question, you should answer it courteously. The team member may be bringing up a crucial detail that could make or break the team's plans.
3. Constructive Feedback - Although it is important to evaluate proposed ideas and suggestions, critiques need to be presented with tact. Some tips that may help:
a. Don't express an opinion as a fact - You may hate orange text on green, but that is an opinion unless you can cite a legitimate reason for your concern (such as that this color combination may be harder to read).
b. Explain your reasons - If you do have an strong opinion, explain why you feel that way. This will allow others to evaluate your comments more effectively.
c. Restate the original idea - To be sure you have correctly understood someone else's idea before you respond to it.
d. Compliment another's idea - Even if you do not think it would work, some part of it may be valid and could be usable in another form.
e. Respond, don't react - If you feel like you're ready to explode, give yourself a few seconds before speaking.
f. Don't interrupt
g. Critique the idea, not the person
h. Be courteous
i. Avoid jargon

Chat a Little - A meeting does not have to be 100% business. It is perfectly fine to ask team members how they are doing or what they are planning next weekend. This can really help ease tension when disagreements occur later. Of course, you should not ...

Solution Summary

In terms of the statement: "Teams are not effective, as they waste time on procedures and not issues and further require leadership skills that most managers do not have," this solution explains potential ideas and debates that might arise. Supplemented with two supporting and highly relevant articles.