What Is a Team?

What Is a Team?

Communication and Collaboration Strategy Paper

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University of Phoenix

What is a team? "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 are mutually accountable." (Katzenbach and Smith, 1993)
For an employer, to put a team together like this would not be a difficult task. Employers’ hire their workforce based off of established talents of each prospective employee. These individual employees are then assigned to specific departments, that make up the company, where they will work together to achieve the same common goal.
Unfortunately, in a classroom environment, the team does not have this luxury to choose our learning teams based on specific talents. I believe that for most students, assigned to a learning team, me included will find this type of situation frustrating at best. Even though the team members are all striving for the same goal for the class, to learn and achieve to the best of our abilities, our paths to getting there, most likely will be very different. The biggest challenges a team may face will be due to our individual personalities and learning styles. Because of these differences conflict may arise. To overcome these barriers the team must learn each member’s personality along with their own learning strengths and weaknesses, and build from there.
Learning styles; simply put they are just different approaches of ways to learn. Some individuals may learn better by using a Visual/Spatial approach, these learners tend to think in pictures and create vivid images to retain information. Some learners may be more Verbal/ Linguistic, they tend to use text rather than images, and some may be more Logical/Mathematical, they tend to put pieces of information together using logic and numbers. To use these different styles effectively, one must find a way to incorporate them in a learning team...

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