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Team and Team Work

You have been appointed to head the local division of a health care management organization. A colleague wishes to assemble several employees to meet periodically together.

Part A: Under what circumstances would the group be considered a "team"? In other words, what would be its distinguishing characteristics?

Part B: Another colleague feels that a team could function effectively in your organization even if the individual employees lack motivation. Explain to him why motivation is important when working in teams. Consider the role of involvement.

Part C: Describe some of the positive and negative aspects of working as a team.

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Part A:
There is a difference between a group and a team. Unlike a Group, a team is a small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals, and approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable. The distinction between this definition and that of a group is the focus on output, in terms of purpose and goals, and in terms of a sense of mutual accountability for results attained.

Part B:
Team could function in an organization even if the individual employees lack motivation, however the team would not function as effectively as if when all of its members are feeling motivated. Motivation is important when working in teams, as its presence as well as the lack of it spreads across the team and affects ...

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This solution provides answers to the following questions: Under what circumstances would the group be considered a "team"? In other words, what would be its distinguishing characteristics? Explain to him why motivation is important when working in teams. Describe some of the positive and negative aspects of working as a team.

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