Met Award: Effective Team Working Workshop

Today I had my 4th workshop toward my Cardiff Met Award, with Sally Strong. Focusing on effective team and team building work. We began by discussing what we think a team is, and how is a team effective. I chose this module as I think that being able to work effectively as a team is vital in not only my academic but future career.

Our answers:

  • Team is a group of people working together on a task
  • Good Team is a group of people who are all equally working together. Whereas I’d say a group might not necessarily be as equal with

Team definition: Varied number of people with complimentary skills working towards a common goal. Most importantly all see themselves as all mutually accountable.

Team building self assessment days: Sell yourself throughout any task. Remember that you’re assessed throughout the entire day from arrival, during tasks, breaks, other peoples talks. To see how you react throughout different things.

Personal qualities of a good team worker:

  • good communication skills
  • aware of others feelings
  • flexible
  • trusting
  • respectful
  • hardworking
  • enthusiasm
  • good level of organisation skills and time management
  • confident / assertive (to a certain level)
  • common values
  • be able to delegate
  • give and receive constructive criticism
  • open minded

Group task: What makes a great team worker 

Together we worked in small teams to draw up something that represents a good team worker using all of our personality traits above. As you can see from the images below, you can see that the team I was working in decided to create a plant. This leaves/steams on the plant represent a persons growth to become an effective team worker.

  • Interesting point we were told that is 75% of people only leave an organisation because of a manager
  • employers want nice people, you can teach a technical skill but you can’t teach nicest.
  • feedback – say thank you and accept positive feedback.

Tuckman’s Stages of Team Development:

When you put a group of people together these 4 stages will happen:

  1. forming: testing out, sorting authority/dependancy, task/ personal behaviours 
  2. storming: showing emotions, polarising, conflicts, rebelling
  3. norming: sorting out relationships, establishing agreed patterns of behaviour, setting new standards / roles
  4. performing: developing effective task energy, using consensus developing unity and commitment

Even if someone new joins the group you will go back through these stages again, but could be quicker or slower. Think this is actually very true, when thinking back to group tasks and how dynamics can change and adjust when people either leave or join a team. Important to remain open minded and considerate when working with others to work well.

Remember that we will learn a lot in our working careers from bad experiences, rather than from positives. Seeing how people are treated and not wanting to be treated or treat others in that way.

4:1 nice to constructive ratio (praise 4 times before constructive or developmental feedback)

  • A – action, what did they do, when did they produce the work
  •  I – impact, positive or negative
  • D – desired outcome of the positive or negative feedback e.g. positive feedback do more and what you want them to do in the future / what to change in the future.

Remember that it takes time to learn how to give good negative or positive feedback.

‘Belbin’ team roles:

Need a varied team of people. With a range of roles from academics, to more hands on workers. A range of attributes is key to keep everyone busy. They says that in each group there are 9 roles that need to be for filled and can be done multiple people.

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