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"Critically evaluate the efficiency and the effectiveness of your group, based on your performance throughout semester 1."

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"Critically evaluate the efficiency and the effectiveness of your group, based on your performance throughout semester 1." Introduction "Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, working together is success." [Henry Ford] Throughout the semester1 our syndicate group - called Elite 5 - has gone through various stages and in this paper will evaluate its team performance throughout semester 1 in more depth based on a theoretical framework. We have to make a distinction, first of all, between a group and a team. A group is "any number of people who (1) interact with one another; (2) are psychologically aware of one another; and (3) perceive themselves to be a group" but a team is "a group of individuals who must work interdependently to achieve personal and organizational objectives". We prefer our group to be termed as a team rather than a group, a more cohesive unit. To turn a team into a successful team it is important that it works efficiently and effectively. What's the difference between these two words? "Efficiency relates to doing a job right with as little time and energy invested as possible. (It) is evaluated in terms of how much work was accomplished. ...read more.

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Improvement of our ability in management skill individually will be more challengeable target. This is determined by the most capable member self. So according to the characteristic of our team, MBO will be the most workable model for our group. There are two reasons for it: 1. The MBO style is based on competent group member to work together and its synergy will rely on each group member actively contribution. This is entirely congruent with our group nature. 2. Through MBO model, each group member has a chance to practice manager basic functions: planning, organizing, leading and controlling (Daft, op cit) during teamwork. Even we have got a leader by now, the objective-oriented, flexible structure can donate individual advantage in the most extent in the daily working and learning. The under listed realistic and achievable objectives were set by unanimous decision: * To obtain good grades. * To undertake a more research oriented approach to assignments * Draws on the strength of others * Establishing a good team sprit * Learning from each other. * Contribution to group work * Developing an innovation approach to work. * Going beyond the theories. Commitment Setting out afore-mentioned objectives are in line with the goal-setting theory by Lockie. ...read more.

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We lacked self-confidence on few occasions These were encouraging signs and had given us the right sort of platform to work upon in the next semester. The important part is that we are aware of our weaknesses and strengths and we are looking forward to take the challenges of the next semester. What Next? End of the semester1 was approaching and we were looking ahead for new challenges waiting for us in the manifolds of M.B.A. This was the right time to have a closer insight into our overall performance in the semester and fine tune our further strategies. We came out with few recommendations for our team, which will give our team a sharper edge over others in the next semester. We need to: * Enhance our capabilities to be more innovative * Be more responsible towards our job * Strengthen our belief in ourselves, to have a more positive approach * To be more inquisitive towards the theories and try to get more from them * Make more efforts to involve other groups to share the knowledge platform with us * Come out with FLYING COLOURS! "Most potential teams can become real teams, but not without taking risks involving conflicts, trust, interdependence, and hard work" [Katzenbach J.R and Smith D. ...read more.

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