To succeed in the chosen activity, each member of the group has to be ready to work hard, gather and evaluate information, follow the necessary document format, and comprehend the main mission of this project that is the demonstration of the best qualities required for total quality management and readiness for work in a team.
Team member contributions. The contribution of each team member turns out to be a crucial one for the work.
The necessity to pay attention to each member of the team is burning and evident, this is why all contributions have to be taken into account to achieve creativity, innovation, and success in the work (West 10; Parker 2).
In our team, the contributions of each member become influential and important for the success of the work.
Saeed introduces several ideas on how to organize the work and divide the duties so that each member is satisfied with the work done, finds the place where the teamwork may be complicated, and suggests several rather captivating solutions of the problems which appear during the working process.
Ali informs the rest of the team about possible sources of information that may help to facilitate the work of the team, evaluates time deadlines, and takes participation in numerous discussions which influence the work.
Mohamed shares his ideas on how to organize the work in time and achieve the best results, demonstrates his good qualities in management, and, as other members of the team, has an impact on collective decisions and achievements.
Alan tries to think about both organizational and personal demands of the group, and his attention to such issues like water supply and arrangement of meetings become crucial for teamwork.
He also demonstrates his deep knowledge in the chosen sphere and is always eager to represent some extraordinary approach to the decision of the problem.
Team member areas of development. Each member of the team has his areas to be responsible for. What is more important, this kind of work promotes the development of members in other spheres which seem to be important in everyday activities.
Alan gets to know what aspects are crucial for teamwork organization and which details have to be taken into account to face fewer difficulties in the future.
In general, his area of development is connected to the basics of work organization and communication with people of different occupations and with different interests.
Saeed gets an opportunity to check his skills of a leader and define his weaknesses and strengths. He demonstrates his good organizational skills and rich background knowledge in the chosen sphere what makes the teamwork process more captivating and arranged.
Mohamed chooses another area of development and has a deal with the search of information and explanation of how to find out the necessary material to the rest of the group.
His quick reaction to a new challenge or task helps other members avoid panic and stress, and his abilities to explain some unclear aspects turn out to be helpful and educative for the team as well.
Ali’s area of development is connected to writing and editing. His attention to any single detail and desire to improve everything once again become a helpful tool in teamwork. This person is not only a qualified writer but also a well-rounded person who can explain, show, and assist any time available.
Learning Team Goals
Among the variety of learning goals, it is possible to define the main ones that may influence the development of events and the results of the work done:
- Plan each step together considering personal demands and ideas;
- Improve the relations between each member of the group;
- Be devoted to the work of the team;
- Attend all meetings, discuss problems, and offer solutions;
- Take responsibility for those assignments which are given;
- Provide each other with support when it is necessary;
- Keep in mind deadlines and perform the work in time;
- Ask for some help if necessary in order not to make evident mistakes;
- Communicate with each other and solve all unclear points at once.
If any member of the team cannot achieve all these goals, the rest of the same team should take care about such problems and make everything possible to improve the situation and be able to achieve good results.
Potential Barriers to the Achievements of Goals
Even if all precautions are taken, there is always a threat of some barriers’ existence that may influence the work. This is why it is necessary to take into consideration the following challenges and be ready to solve them if it is required:
- Lack of communication between the members of the group;
- Poor background knowledge of the issue under consideration;
- Technological problems;
- Inability to divide roles and duties in the group;
- Difficulties with writing or following concrete requirements;
- Personal problems which may be reflected on the teamwork;
- Inability to meet time deadlines;
- No desire to find a compromise.
Team Ground Rules
The idea to create rules seems to be winning because each member has to follow the same rules without exceptions:
- Attend all meetings (absence should have solid grounds and be informed beforehand to each member);
- Division of duties (for example, first is organizer, second is writer, third is editor, and fourth is orator);
- Be on time always;
- Make contributions all the time;
- Think about possible improvements along and be able to introduce ideas at meetings.
Conflict Management: Potential Conflict Factors
One of the most evident challenges of any team is the presence of conflicts and poor experience at solving these conflicts (Rainey 359; Drinka and Clark 75).
Troubles within teamwork vary considerably:
- poor level of awareness of how to work with technologies,
- differences of characters,
- proper division of work,
- time management,
- inability to arrange meeting considering the opinions of each member,
- different schedules,
- personal problems.
Such variety of challenges worsen the work from time to time, however, the desire to organize everything helps to overcome these problems.
Conflict Resolution Strategies
Among the strategies that are used to organize the work and inspire the team, the following ideas can be mentioned:
- Use of reliable sources which explain how it is better to organize the work and face fewer problems;
- Consultation with sophisticated people (graduate students and tutors) whose experience may be helpful;
- Creation of the schedule according to which each member should work;
- Roles’ distribution in accordance with members’ backgrounds;
- Close cooperation between members so that each other may present necessary support and comprehend the others;
- Development of a motto that promotes the desire to develop and constantly improve the work.
Drinka, Theresa, JK and Clark, Phillip, G. Health Care Teamwork: Interdisciplinary Practice and Teaching. Westport: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000.
Parker, Glenn, M. Team Players and Teamwork: New Strategies for Developing Successful Collaboration. San Francisco: John Wiley and Sons, 2008.
Rainey, Hal, G. Understanding and Managing Public Organizations. San Francisco: John Wiley and Sons, 2009.
West, Michael, A. Effective Teamwork: Practical Lessons from Organizational Research. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2004.