Team Dynamics

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Managing Individual Performance

The steps a team leader takes to select workable teammates for a project can be challenging and frustrating task. The concepts of team building have been evaluated for many years by psychologists, psychoanalysts and researchers such as Carl Gustav Jung, Abraham Maslow, mother and daughter Katherine Briggs and Isabel Myers-Briggs.

The simulation is based on research performed by Myers-Briggs, Abraham Maslow and Carl Jung which deals with organizational structure and individual team member personality traits and how it affects individual/team morale and productivity. Silveira (2003) wrote that as individual learn his or her personality preference they will " …. understand and appreciate their interactive strengths and vulnerabilities" (p. 29).

Based on the simulation, this paper will delve into Myers-Briggs Type Inventory personality categories-based on information provided, such as, volunteers' personality profile, interests and hobbies, and notes from the supervisor ("Managing Individual", 2005). Using this profile will determine which candidate will be selected in building case files, moderating self-help groups, perform follow-ups, and supervise confrontational sessions.

On-Line Simulation

The simulation starts by introducing DARE, the Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Endeavor, a social responsibility initiative run by Sawyer Pharma, a $3.2 billion multinational pharmaceutical company with presence in 20 countries. The company encourages employees to volunteer 60 hours per year on community service. DARE project provides assistance such as psychological support, counseling and skill training to recovering drug addicts for several months until they can be clean of their addiction and return to a normal life.

The simulation selects a "DARE champion" for a new project that requires the individual to choose four out of seven team members with varied skill sets, interests, and motivation who will work with drug abusers to return to society with skill sets which will help them find gainful employment. The objective of this exercise is to explain how selecting a right or wrong team mates and providing those individuals with right or wrong motivations can affect team success and objective.

Selecting The Team

McShane and Van Glinow defined team as " …. group of two or more people who interact and influence each other, are mutually accountable for achieving common objectives, and perceive themselves as a social entity within an organization" (p. 227). This statement means that for a team to be successful in its endeavors there is a need for interdependence and collaboration amongst team members to accomplish common goals. Team members should place the objective of the team higher than individual priorities and be willing to devote whatever effort is necessary to achieve team success.

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