Exploring Team Development

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BTEC National Diploma in Business: Unit 19 – Exploring Team Development

Task 1

In an organisation teams play a key role in the success and motivation of a business. When working in a team you need to have different types of people to have different. A team must work together and motivate each other in order to achieve their goals; they must also recognise each others weaknesses and strengths to work on them so the team can progress. Teams must manage what work needs to be done and what roles each member has to take on. Teams frequently have a leader; they can be managers or supervisors.

A team must respect each other and respect to their teams views and opinions. They must encourage each other to keep them focused on work.

There are many different types of teams to suit what the company needs. One of them is a formal team; this is for a specific purpose. It is classed as an official team and is set up to do a formal task by the manager. Each team member will have a specific role e.g. in a sales team there would be a manager and co-ordinator. They also have rules which they must follow and each member would have a specific role. There is a disadvantage to this team, they might get board of having the same role and may want to do something new.

An informal team develops in a less structured way e.g. a student team who are organising there school prom, this is much less professional than a formal team and has rules but not as strict as formal. They tend not to have a specific role but all have individual or group tasks to be complete. It also can have some bad affects such as lack of structure which results to less professionalism.

These teams can have different sizes. It depends on what the task is but it tends to be little tasks. The size usually is a small number such as. As this is an odd number if they have a disagreement between the team members there will always be a majority vote.

There is also a temporary project or task team; they are set up for a short time for completion of a specific task or project. This can be a construction team they have a task to complete the building of a house, this is not on going it has an end. This is not so good as the team members might be out of work for a period of time.

A permanent team is the same as a task team but is ongoing. These are often working together continuously such as a call centre team. They are always together and working as a team to get their task done. Again the team members can easily get bored of doing the same task for a very long period of time.

Teams can be classed according to the type of work they do and how they do it. They usually consist of

  • Management team
  • Problem solving teams
  • Work teams
  • Quality circles
  • Virtual teams

A management team is team with managers. They are directly responsible for managing the everyday tasks, operations and profit of a company. They advise other team members and talk to them about any problems they are having. They discuss how well the team is doing and how they can improve them. In a management team they tend to have group discussions rather than individuals. A team member could have individual problems.

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Problem solving team is a way of making a way to get through a problem. They will help a team or a manager with a problem and resolve by giving them an action plan. The rules for a problem solving team are just to give good ideas and listen as well as contribute. A disadvantage of this could be that not everyone will have the same problem solving idea and would not be happy with the end result.

Work teams do the regular duties and tasks; they are a self directed group of employees. They are responsible for there goals, ...

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