Team Dynamics and Conflict Resolution in Work Teams

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Team Dynamics and Conflict Resolution in Work Teams

Teams are groups of people who work together to achieve a common goal (Learning Team Handbook, p 310). Workplace teams are increasing as businesses find the yield of team productivity and creativity exceeds individual productivity/creativity. To promulgate productive teams, businesses have had to identify common threads for successful teams. Businesses have identified the dynamics and needs of successful teams.

Seven tasks must be included in consideration of team dynamics and structure. The first of which is defining the goal, mission or function of a specific team. The team must know what it is being asked to accomplish. The second area of consideration is assessing what skills, abilities, knowledge or potential to acquire such would be needed amongst selected team members. Identification of potential team members should include an assessment of the skills, knowledge and abilities or the potential to acquire such so that ultimately the team has the building blocks with which to succeed in its mission, goal or function. This assessment must include an understanding of realistic potential contributions by potential team members with the included assessment of whether or not the acquisition of skills and knowledge can be made available through research and analysis.

Upon completion of these assessments, the work place team is then formed, acquiring team members based upon the needs of the project, mission or goal of the team. The team then proceeds to learn about each other. In learning about one another, individual learning styles must be identified to gain an understanding of how to maximize team performance by capitalizing on team members' strengths via learning styl...

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... resolution via coaching, constructive criticism and positive actions. Additional measures may need to be taken should behavioral issues persist to include the termination of team membership and/or repercussions for non-active participation. Resolving negative issues by turning performance around can only be accomplished when team members clearly understand their role within the team and the importance of their participation. This occurs with the encouragement and support of all team members; hence team morale improves in addition to team productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness.

Increasingly businesses are capitalizing on the benefits of teamwork. The adage that two heads are better than one, and four heads are better then two, appears to be a proven fact as more teams are formed and team dynamics are refined through increased management of conflict resolution.

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