The outcome from the “Evaluate Team Member Effectiveness” self-analysis revolved around primary traits: Contribution to the team work, interaction among team members, keeping the team on track, expecting quality & having relevant information, skills, and abilities (KSA’s). The following paper will focus over agreement with the outcomes of how Jeff might have used these qualities to his advantage. Discussions shall center on his strengths and weaknesses when it comes to working in a team, taking part in social loafing while in a team, working efficiently on a team giving an advantage in the working environment, how teams are usually formed and how the effectiveness of the team members impacts the team’s development process. This paper describes and evaluates team member effectiveness.
Yes I believe my scores are accurate since Jeff was able to attain high results while interacting with teammates. Jeff is one person who is very social and thrives when he is in a highly socially and stimulating environment. Being in a position to add value and insights, makes it possible for Jeff feel valued at a personal level. Throughout Jeff private and professional life, he has had the possibility to spend time interacting with people from all walks of life/background such as, race, and ethnicity, hence making it possible for him to easily interact and establish commonality with other people (McGraw-Hill Connect, 2015). He understands that his itinerary for each day is full/busy and he must optimize each moment of his day. He shares similar mentality and is very empathetic to the time of other people as well. Jeff concentrates on keeping the job done within the allocated time so as to keep the morale of the whole group going.
Some of the strengths of Jeff and which were visible while carrying out the self-assessment included giving encouragement to fellow team members, utilizing the feedback from the team to enhance performance and accepting feedback regarding the strengths and weaknesses from fellow team members. Among the weaknesses of Jeff included evaluation of if the group was making any progress as per the expectation, remaining aware of the progress of other team members and conducting a follow up to ensure the work of the team is finished and correct since he is committed in getting the job finished and can self-regulate and feels that all members needs to be equally committed as well.
Social loafing has been described as a situation whereby people are prone to using minimal effort on a duty at hand when in a group versus when one is working individually. Such a scenario may adversely impact the group when it has weak contributors. This can divide the group and lead to the lack of cohesion hence affecting team dynamics (McGraw-Hill Connect, 2015). I have never and have not come across this in my groups until this class unfortunately. Which I find to be odd since in my group, the work flow is established and for the majority part, all members contribute their section within a predetermined date. In my group, work was distributed among the group members. Unfortunately, some of the group members never finished their part of the entire work. Certain group members raised their opinions on how frustrated they were.
Creativity thrives in situations/environment whereby people are working as a team. Brainstorming ideas within a group lowers the possibility of the development of stale viewpoints and which usually comes out when one is working alone (Frost, 2015). The fusion of unique view points from all group members allows for more effective and comprehensive decisions. Jeff has in most occasions been in circumstances where just talking things through aloud to fellow group members may spawn new ideas which had not been there before. Jeff is a believer in, “two heads are better than one.” Working as a group makes it possible for the staffs to build on the talents of their fellow group members. While ones strength might be creative thinking, their fellow group members might be good at organizing and planning. Working as a group makes it possible for the group members to open up and motivate one another. Open communication is vital when it comes to working as a team and which leads to effective solutions in challenging group projects (Boundless, 26 May. 2016). Team projects motivates team members to be proud of their contributions. Working towards fulfilling organizational objectives makes it possible for the group to feel linked to the organization. This in turn leads to building loyalty and which leads to greater level of job satisfaction among the group members.
Groups usually move through a series of four stages from the time they are established to when their task is completed. During the formation phase, the team usually discuss its aims, describes and distribute work, come up with timelines, and start establishing individual relationships. The usual contentious storming stage is that stage whereby group members elucidate its aims and the strategies for achieving them. The norming stage is when the group knows its values on how the members shall interact and work together. Performing phase is when team members have productive relationships and are in a position to communicate and coordinate efficiently and effectively. Though groups usually go through these four stages in sequence, the phases might at times overlap or be repeated. (Boundless, 26 May. 2016)
The effectiveness of the team has direct link to the teams’ developmental process. In the event the team is not in a position or cannot come to agreement during the formation stages, it shall be held back from making any progress. As a result of this, a lot of precious time will end up been wasted via social loafing, or through.
The effectiveness of a team may be judged through measuring its productive output. In the event one group member is not putting sufficient effort, this might affect the outcome of the entire group. A group becomes a team in the event when all group members stick, adhere and are committed in finishing what needs to be done or is expected of the group. Leadership too becomes a shared responsibility (Frost, 2015). Once the group/team establishes their differences, conflicts and their objectives, the group shall be able to begin to build their mission and develop as a group.
Jeff learnt over the years that variance in background and experience brings in value to the team. Variance within group dynamic results to addition of variance in thought process and which later on results to producing more ideas within the group. More ideas are effective but needs to be streamlined so as to attain the objectives of the group (Frost, 2015). Expectations and clear dialogue shall keep the group on task moving forward.
In our daily life work, school & home, we are always be a part of a group. Effective group work leads to successful outcome of the group. I am a firm believer that maintaining clear and open lines of communication shall keep ones morale high.
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