Communications in Team Environments

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Communication within a collaborative team can be a one to one, one to many, or many to many. Either way, communication is a vital component in maintaining a non-hostile environment of a collaborative team. The objective of communication is to share thoughts, ideas, and feelings in the most common and effective way as possible. Communication is defined as an exchange of information and the transmission of meaning.

During the Industrial Revolution age, messenger verbally delivered messages personally. After the development of written languages, messengers began to deliver telegrams, thereby communicating in written form. Through research on improving the telegraph, the telephone was invented, allowing verbal communication from a distance. In this time of global marketing, technological advances, team and collaborative efforts, and good communication skills are essential. A collaborative team has the opportunity to increase their output through new ways of effective communication. Listening, comprehension, and technological skills are the key elements for effective communication within a collaborative team.

Effective communication occurs when the message received is as close as possible to the message intended, thereby resulting in mutual understanding. Successful collaborative teams listen to each other and build upon each other’s ideas; only over a period does the meaning and significance of each idea become clear; meanwhile, unexpected ideas emerge. The emerging innovative ideas may be inefficient at that time however; it could emerge at any time in a collaborative effort, because one idea leads to another.

Effective listening within a collaborative team is to understand each other’s viewpoint, ...

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...flicts. Critical thinking, collaboration, and problem solving pinpoint chances for implementing methods and strategies for handling conflict. Mature “team members are able to detect the right conflict-handling style for the situation. Successful resolution of conflict requires the ability to listen and communicate effectively, (Topic 3: Team Communication and Conflict Resolution, 2001)”confront issues and not team members, while focusing on win-win solutions.

Works Cited

Sirkka L. Jarvenpaa, D. E. (2000). Communication and Trust in Gloabl Virtual Teams. Organization Science , Vol.10, No. 6.

Steve Lemmex, P. (2004). Communication Breakdown and Conflict within Teams. Global Knowledge Network.

Topic 3: Team Communication and Conflict Resolution. (2001). Retrieved March 3, 2008, from American Geriatrics:
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