Mc Noland is a new company which just started operating in January 2013. The company is made up of staff from various backgrounds and experiences. Therefore it is important to the company especially since it is newly established that the staff are well versed when working in teams. In business, a “team” is defined as a group of people who collaborate or work together toward a common goal. A “team” implies synergy, meaning the whole is greater than the sum of their parts. A team may be led by a team leader, but it may also be self-directed. The essence of a team is a common commitment, because without it, the members are simply a group of individuals. There are characteristics which define an effective team.
Individual contributors must collectively understand and commit to their team’s purpose. Therefore, it is up to the manager to clearly define the expectations and responsibilities for each role, and ensure alignment between the person and the role. This therefore establishes a meaningful common purpose.
Clear Performance Goals are important to achieve an effective team. The team must know what success looks like, what the group is trying to accomplish and what work needs to be done in order to achieve the desired outcome. In high functioning teams, managers must make sure that all contributors understand and accept both the end goal and the game plan for getting there.
While managers should strive to have some consistencies in teams, bringing different people together who can offer different skills and perspectives will help drive creativity and innovation. Moreover, it will help bring balance to the team in terms of tasks, people, risk and rules due to the diversity of skill and personality.
Strong Communication and collaboration is most important when working in a team. Effective communication between team members and from the manager to the team, sets the foundation for collaboration. Behavioral data helps managers get a better understanding...