Elements of Effective Teams Essay

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Elements of Effective Teams

Elements of Effective Teams
There are some positive benefits to teams but only if the teams are built with the correct
qualifications: such as a person who will step up to the leadership position and help
motivate the rest of the team members. In order to build a good team there needs to be
other elements besides leadership in order to carry out their plans: such as tools and
technology, diversity, and the proper personalities to keep the team intact. Everyone's
personality is different, and that in turn leads to the roles they play within the team.
The diversity of the different personalities and the diversity of the departments they
work in can lead to good and bad connotations. As a team everyone should have shared
leadership.

The tools are needed to help the team create, develop, and execute the plans they come up
with. In order to create plans of action, the team needs a harmonious work environment and
it should be in a place that no one has connections to, and that everyone feels
comfortable in. They should be well stocked with all the office supplies all of them will
need. Even though we think of office supplies as pens and pads of paper, office supplies
does not mean that in every company. If they are working in a car company, one of the
office supplies they will need is large amounts of clay in order to come up with new
models for the upcoming year. If they are working for Blue Bell, they might need
flavorings and candy. All of the supplies should be readily available because when they
get on a roll, the last thing they want to do is stop and go searching for something they
need. Computers are a very important part of a team. They can connect all of the team
members who may not all be in the same offices. An example of this would be video

Team A 2 conferencing. An international company might create a team of individuals who
live and work all over the world, so in order to get them all together they would have to
video conference. Another helpful function of the computer is the internet. The internet
supplies us with endless amounts of data, and is a useful tool to help with research on
any subject. Another tool that is quite important and ties into computer and the internet
is software. One of the new plans the team might come up with to execute to the whole
company is a new software program. Or it might be that the team uses the software, like
Microsoft PowerPoint, to do presentations to the company.

Team members bring a diverse background as well, for instance, experience. The experience
a team member has can be a valuable tool. It could be as simple as that you had tried to
implement the same type of plan at another jobs and it, was unsuccessful. This could be
valuable to the company in that it could save them thousands upon millions of dollars.
Having the expertise in a particular area can also be a valuable tool to the team which
enables them to develop plans at greater speeds, instead of having to do the research.
Personalities are another part of a team.

Personalities have a dramatic impact on team dynamics. This is true in working teams or
even sports teams. In both situations there will be leaders, and there will be followers.
The leaders will always step up in any situation because that is their nature, and it is
difficult to keep someone with this characteristic down. There are so many different
personalities that are involved within a team that finding a role that fits their
personality usually is the best way to go.

A leader is someone who will take charge of a team and give everyone around them a feeling
of certainty. There will be an aura around this type of individual that will motivate
people to work harder and have more confidence to accomplish the goal that they set when
the team was formed. These people are winners, and they take their team to the next level.

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A person who I think is a fine example of this kind of characteristic is Joe Montana. This
guy was one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of professional football. Not just
because of his athletic abilities, but the confidence he brought to his teammates and to
the millions of fans all over the United States.

Everyone knew including his teammates, the opposing team, and his fans that even if they
were losing and there was only one second left on the clock, that Joe Montana could bring
his teammates together for one last play and they could would win. It did not always work
out that way, but his presence brought this kind of positive feeling. However, he did
accomplish along with his teammates to win four championships in the 1980s. This type of
personality is not very common in professional sports. I happened to live in the San
Francisco Bay Area during his playing days and I was very fortunate to watch every game he
ever played in, including some of his college days at Notre Dame. I am a forty inners fan,
and the feeling of confidence I had when Joe Montana was playing is gone. There has never
been anybody to replace it since and maybe there will never be.

As beneficial as a person like Joe Montana can be to a team, there can be another
personality that is opposite of this, which is more of a detriment to the team. A person
like this can be a cancer and if they are not stopped it will affect everyone in the team
negatively. This type of individual must be spoken to by the remaining members of the
group. If they do not change and be more productive to the group then they should be
expelled before anymore damage can be done. As an example, I would like to use a personal
story that happened to me a couple of years ago when I was a member of a prototype team in
San Jose, California. The company, which shall remain nameless, was in the manufacturing
of high tech vacuum equipment for the semi-conductor industry. This company at the time
was a multi-million dollar business which was shipping approximately five million dollars
a month. I had the least seniority

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even though I was the lead-person in the vacuum welding department. The team consisted of
a mechanical engineer, a machinist, a finisher, a laser operator, a brake operator, a
production manager, and me. We would meet once a week to go over the blue prints of jobs
that had already been quoted. The goal of this team was to come up with a game plan for
the most efficient way to get the jobs completed by the deadline. Everyone in this group
had different characteristic, but we all got along with each other with the exception of
the production manager. I have no clue as to why this individual had this position but he
was already in place when I started working there. He had the worst personality that I had
ever been associated with and I had been in manufacturing for over twelve years prior to
this. I knew my field very well and so did the other team members. As far as who had the
most education that was the engineer, but what is hilarious or should I say disastrous,
the person with the least amount of formal or technical education was the person in
charge, the production manager. It seemed liked he did not want to be part of the team,
but just wanted to do things his way and he would rather argue instead of listening to a
fellow team members point of view. We would give him the best game plan that was possible
at our facility, and he would just manipulate the jobs every single time. He would cut
corners to get the jobs out the door faster in order to make himself look good, but the
parts would be rejected a large portion of the time. This would just infuriate our team
and destroyed many of the member's credibility amongst upper management. This one person
was the cancer that I described earlier, but unfortunately he was not removed in time
during a slow economy, and it ended up with the company filing chapter 11 and then being
bought out by another company. What is ironic about the situation is the new company kept
him and the rest of the team was terminated.

There are many personalities that are involved in teams, but the bottom lines is that
everyone needs to stay focused on the goal and not to differentiate from it This will only
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