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Nishita Biddala | Locker : 1220 Alternative Assignment Team Building for Team Changeover Building better teams, with

an emphasis on enhancing collaboration and accountability. Introduction: A group of people does not make a team. A team is group with particular goal and working strategy and team building is the process of enabling the team to reach these goals. Teams are an integral part of working environment. So it is very essential to learn how to be an effective team member. Teams normally have members with complementary skills and generate synergy through a coordinated effort which allows each member to maximize his/her strengths and minimize his/her weaknesses (Wiki). Team work and collaboration are how work gets done effectively. Good team-practices when implemented lead to higher productivity.

Organizational Mission and Vision

Action Plan

Control and Monitor Progress

End Result

Team Building: There is huge amount of research done on the team behavior and how to develop an effective team behavior to promote high productivity. In this research, three effective characteristics or three most necessary group dynamics observed are Cooperation and collaboration among team members, Ownership of individual roles and contribution and effective strategies to monitor groups Progress. Or what I propose call COP Code of building effective teams.

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Collaboration
Effective Team

Ownership

Progress

Collaboration: Although teams have become an important part of work life, they also generate lengthy decision cycles and diffuse the prime focus of the organization. Effective cooperation and communication can reduce this. Developing a good communication strategy within a team is very crucial in the early formation stage of a team as this would avoid friction in information flow later on. Team size is an important factor to be considered when planning a collaboration strategy. Contrary to popular belief research has proven that large teams when managed properly by forming island teams show higher productivity than smaller teams.(HBR) The following model explains different ways most teams use to collaborate ideas and arrive at a decision. The figure represents two axes: Cooperativeness and Assertiveness. Different approaches to dealing with an issue are mapped against these two axes. A low degree of assertiveness and cooperativeness represents avoidance of an issue or the approach of "I dont care". A high degree of cooperativeness and a low degree of assertion represents accommodation or the approach of "You win, I lose". A high degree of assertiveness and a low degree of cooperativeness represent competition or the approach of "I win, you lose".(npd)

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Ownership and Progress: Having a sense of belonging is crucial factor in team morale. It also builds a conducive environment to encourage new ideas. Specified role to each team member and recognizing their individual contributions to a team play an important role in shaping up this sense of belonging. Tasks broken down into small chunks and distributed among team mates is a very effective way not only to imbibe the sense of ownership in team members, but also to track the progress made by the team so far. These milestones or chunks should be small/frequent enough to remember teams accomplishments and long enough to get a meaningful task

completed.(teamtechnology) Conclusion: Team building therefore is not a single day accomplishment nor it is something that can be done by anyone other than the team mates. Following the COP code and implementing it effectively by all team member over a period of time builds a successful team . 3

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References: 1. Eight ways to build collaborative teams- HBR<http://hbr.org/2007/11/eight-ways-to-buildcollaborative-teams/ar/1> 10/30/2011 2. The ideal collaborative team <http://www.ideachampions.com/downloads/collaborationresults.pdf> 10/29/2011 3. Team technology <http://www.teamtechnology.co.uk/tt/h-articl/tb-basic.htm> 10/30/2011 4. wiki < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Team> 10/29/2011 5. Accountability <http://www.articleclick.com/Article/How-to-Build-Accountability-ThroughTeam-Building-Exercises/975576> 10/30/2011 6. npd solutions - <http://www.npd-solutions.com/collaboration.html>