Lesson 1, Topic 1
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1.1 Reasons why motivation is important are explained with examples.

ryanrori January 5, 2021

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Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. It is the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organisational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.

You probably already know this – but it’s worth getting out in the open now….few of us actually likes teams. Mediocre teams can slow us down, cause more problems than solutions and eat up valuable time and resources.

Characteristics of a Team

  • There must be an awareness of unity on the part of all its members.
  • There must be interpersonal relationship. Members must have a chance to contribute, learn from and work with others.
  • The member must have the ability to act together toward a common goal.

Ten characteristics of well-functioning teams:

  • Purpose: Members proudly share a sense of why the team exists and are invested in accomplishing its mission and goals.
  • Priorities: Members know what needs to be done next, by whom, and by when to achieve team goals.
  • Roles: Members know their roles in getting tasks done and when to allow a more skilful member to do a certain task.
  • Decisions: Authority and decision-making lines are clearly understood.
  • Conflict: Conflict is dealt with openly and is considered important to decision-making and personal growth.
  • Personal traits: members feel their unique personalities are appreciated and well utilized.
  • Norms: Group norms for working together are set and seen as standards for every- one in the groups.
  • Effectiveness: Members find team meetings efficient and productive and look forward to this time together.
  • Success: Members know clearly when the team has met with success and share in this equally and proudly.
  • Training: Opportunities for feedback and updating skills are provided and taken advantage of by team members.

Guidelines for effective team membership:

  • Contribute ideas and solutions
  • Recognize and respect differences in others
  • Value the ideas and contributions of others
  • Listen and share information
  • Ask questions and get clarification
  • Participate fully and keep your commitments
  • Be flexible and respect the partnership created by a team — strive for the “win-win”
  • Have fun and care about the team and the outcomes.

Characteristics of a high-performance team:

  • Participative leadership – creating interdependence by empowering, freeing up and serving others.
  • Shared responsibility – establishing an environment in which all team members feel responsibility as the manager for the performance team.
  • Aligned on purpose – having a sense of common purpose about why the team exists and the function it serves.
  • High communication – creating a climate of trust and open, honest communication.
  • Future focused – seeing change as an opportunity for growth.
  • Focused on task – keeping meetings and interactions focused on results.
  • Creative talents – applying individual talents and creativity.
  • Rapid response – identifying and acting on opportunities.