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NO. 1

After reading Leading Teams (Pocket Mentor), write a 3-4 page, double-spaced paper (700 to 1000 words) that examines the following questions:

● Discuss some characteristics of high performing and productive teams and consider the required methodologies needed to form work teams. Then, analyze some of the reasons most teams fail. As a newly hired senior project manager, describe the unique strategies you would employ to eliminate the reason why teams fail.

● Managing different personalities and talents in teams can become a big challenge sometimes. Illustrate how you would lead successful cohesive project teams, handle team problems/conflicts, and at the same time evaluate their individual performances.

● How does groupthink and social loafing take place in teams? Investigate the ways groupthink and social loafing can be harmful to building a highly effective functioning team. As a newly appointed project manager, how would you quickly eliminate groupthink and social loafing in your team?

● What linkages do you see to the methods of control Kendrick has set out in the first four chapters of his book?

No. 2
It is possible to identify four key roles in project management: leader, manager, facilitator, and mentor. In a paper of 1 to 3 pages (250 to 800 words), relate each of these four key roles of project management to the means of control (process, influence, and metrics) discussed by Kendrick. Discuss which role or roles are likely to be most prominent when you are exerting each method of control. Which roles require especially strong communications skills?

No. 3
Metrics is all about measurement, and measurement is necessary to ensure that a project is done within time, on budget, with the resources available, and according to other constraints.

Review Chapter 4 in Kendrick. Then, consider this scenario.

● Imagine you are the fundraiser for a social club whose meeting hall regularly serves as an election polling place. A large number of people are expected to vote in the coming election, and you see an opportunity to raise funds by running a bake sale. People leaving the meeting room (where the voting machines are located) must pass through a short hallway before the exit. In this hallway there is limited space available for tables to hold baked goods. However, an adjoining room is available for storage of baked goods that cannot be displayed until others are sold.

Obviously you want the widest selection of baked goods in order to generate the largest amount of funds. Some baked goods sell far better than others. Pricing must be thoughtfully considered: lower prices will encourage sales, yet you want to make as much money as possible. In addition, you know that you'll probably have to spend some money up front for setup and other costs. You have a staff (of volunteers):

○ Brad is your conduit to reaching group membership for volunteers to bake goods (a request that has never been made before).
○ Barbara has bake sale experience and knows what sells well and what doesn't (a potential problem as volunteers will bake what they feel like baking, not necessarily what sells well).
○ Don is the custodian, and he will take care of setting up the tables for the bake sale.
○ Felicia is on the group's finance committee and will take care of sales, but she does not want to get involved in pricing the individual items. Pricing will be your responsibility, working with Barbara.

These individuals make up your project team.

Answer the following questions in a paper of 1½ to 3 pages (350 to 800 words).

1. Referring to Figure 4-2 in Kendrick, page 71: What are your objective(s)?

2. What behavior(s) do you wish to instill in your project team?

3. What measures or metrics will you adopt that best connect behavior with objectives? Provide an example of a predictive, diagnostic, and retrospective metric, and explain their respective purposes.

4. What types of problems might arise from your selection of these metrics and how might you resolve these problems?

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//A successful and hardworking team always proves to be the biggest asset for any organization. Therefore, it is mandatory on the part of management to effectively coordinate its teamwork. The further discussion throws highlight on the methods and characteristics that lead to high-performing teams. Along with this, the discussion also focuses on the reasons for team failures and the ways to eliminate them. Moreover, the ways in which group thinking and social loafing affects the team's functioning and the measures to eliminate them are highlighted in the discussion. In the end, the methods of control by Kendrick are also discussed in brief to provide linkage to the effective team functioning.//
The most important characteristics of high performing and high productive teams is the development of creative ideas in a collaborated way so that the team output usually exceeds the individual output. Along with this, the teams also follow self-empowerment approach, wherein they have the courage and confidence to remove all the obstacles developed in their path of success. Further, enhanced flexibility towards the changing environment and high level of ethics and moral values also contributes towards the higher performance team work (Hunsaker et al., 2008).
Along with this, the establishment of the proper communication channel and harmonizing instrument prove to be the effective methods of forming work teams. In addition to this, empowering employees for their participation in decision-making and encouraging brainstorming are also equally effective in building high-performance teams (Keen, 2003).
The reasons regarding the failure of teams are lack of vision in which the members are unaware of the goals and objectives. Along with this, increased conflicts among the team members hinder their working efficiency due to the chaos generated. Further, lack of coaching and training programs are also accountable for team failure that results in the reduced efficiency and productivity (Fallon, 2015).
In order to eliminate the reasons for team failures, the mistakes must be encouraged so that they can be taken as an opportunity for the next time. Along with this, a proper two-way communication channel must be introduced so that any important information is not missed, and proper transparency is maintained. Further, developing mutual trust between the members of the team and training them to respect the ideas and decisions of their team members so that competition between the members is reduced and they work in a collective manner for external competitions (Fallon, 2015).
In order to lead successful cohesive teams, it is essential to acquire diversified people with varied skills and abilities and ...

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The expert discusses some characteristics of high performing and productive teams and considers the required methodologies needed to form work teams. The response addresses the query posted in 1519 words with APA references.