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Team development: Dysfunctions

Teams consistently face difficult challenges as they navigate their paths toward goal attainment. Sometimes these challenges are external, meaning economic or environmental factors put dramatic stress on a team, making the challenges much more difficult. At other times, these challenges are internal, as the team struggles to collaborate at a high level and overcome team dysfunction. Using the theoretical foundations of team development identified in your readings, identify three team dysfunctions that might dramatically impact a team's ability to meet its objectives. Pick the three dysfunctions presented in the text that have the greatest potential to disrupt a team's flow. Explain why you selected these three dysfunctions and support your response with real-life examples or citations from a combination of scholarly journal articles (ERIC, Infoseek, and Academic Search Premier), Web site research, and traditional print resources.

From the dysfunctions discussed in your readings, identify the three that have the greatest potential to disrupt a team's ability to meet its goals. Identify at least two reactive leadership strategies a team leader can use to solve these dysfunctions if they are already exist in a team. What steps should a leader at that point take? Present your response using the example of a dysfunctional team. Support your response with citations from a combination of scholarly journal articles (ERIC, Infoseek, and Academic Search Premier), Web site research, and traditional print resources.

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The three dysfunctions discussed in the readings that have the greatest potential of disrupting the team's ability to meet its goals are absence of trust, lack of commitment and inattention to results. These three dysfunctions have been selected because I have experienced situations in which these dysfunctions have negatively affected the performance of the team.
I first begin with absence of trust. When team members do not trust others the most common effect is that the team members feel that others cannot be trusted with information. Groups within groups are formed and information is not shared within the group. The result is that most of the resources of the groups are wasted. I have selected absence of trust as an important dysfunction because where there is lack of trust, the group environment gets vitiated, the group members are not motivated, and proper goals are not set. For example when I was working in a team that made molded plastic toys, the group lost trust in the mold maker. The result was that every group member wanted to check the mold for himself before molding. Even the person who poured the plastic pellets first physically checked the mold before pouring the pellets. The result was the ...

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The response provides you a structured explanation of problems related to working groups. It also gives you the relevant references.

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