According to the authors of the text avoidance of accountability is one of the major team dysfunctions. Especially in larger organizations, there exists a number of interrelated variables in relationship to any essential outcome. Therefore, there always appears to be an excuse or another person or group to blame for failure in reaching a key organizational outcome. Based on an experience you've had with a working team or group how has the avoidance of accountability caused major team dysfunction as described in the course text? What impact did this have on their work?
In my work team there were two types of situations, I had noticed where team members avoided accountability. The first type of avoidance of accountability was that of performance. There is a minimum performance that is required from each member of the team. In a sales team in my company, one person was supposed to follow cold leads and cultivate new prospects, another person was required to make presentations to important customers and prospects, the third person was required to close the sales, and the fourth maintained relationship with the customer and if required realized payments. When a team member practiced avoidance of accountability the performance of the entire team suffered. The work of each team member is interconnected (Belbin . R, 2010). If the person who is supposed to develop new prospects did not perform the person required to make presentations ...
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