The Values of Teams

The Values of Teams

The Values of Teams
Natalie Erickson
SOC 110
January 11, 2016
University of Phoenix

The Values of Teams
In what kinds of teams have you participated?
Throughout my life I have worked on numerous teams, each varying slightly from the others as far as methods used within the team, establishment of the team, and the goals set for the team to achieve. I have participated on sports teams, a debate team, school teams such as with the University of Phoenix, church fundraising teams, and teams established through my employment. Each team has had its advantages and disadvantages and each has had a varying level of success. There are many differences with each of these teams. The sports teams I was on were very competitive and often the members would wish to accomplish their own personal goals rather than the goals of the entire team. School teams, such as with UoP have been more efficient, and the majority of the time the different members of the teamwork very well together to achieve the end goal.

How is communication in a team different from one-on-one communication, according to the text?
The text defines “group communication as the interaction of three or more interdependent members working to achieve a common goal” (Engleberg & Wynn, 2013, Chapter 1). This is very different from communication at a one-on-one level. Communication within a team you must listen to the other members of the team, you must participate within that team, and you must work together to reach the common goal. It is through communication with the team that the goals are established and achieved. With one-on-one communication you still must listen to the other person, however the opinions and ideas are more direct. With group communication, there are both verbal and nonverbal communications. Regardless of the method of communication used within the group, interaction of the group members is vital to the group’s success.

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