The focus for this week is about teamwork and developing an effective way to maintain a group of people and their goals.

It seems a natural process when you start to build a team, the main interest is there whether it is to score goals or to meet targets you have a basic interest in that mission. So it seems to me the focus Vandeveer puts into the Five Stage Model, has alot of ritual and formation when you could let a natural progression develop within the group of people.

The notion of “synergy” to me sounded like new age thought, its the way that the energy of the people in the group needs to be in sync, to me puts a whole holistic slant on the process. Behaviour is the driving force of this operation if there are too many similar behaviour’s maybe it will be tough to get the work accomplished, yet when you have opposites you many also have the same problem as everyone is doing the same thing.

In contrast to Vandeveer, Katzenbach sets out that to build a team you should not match personality but match skill! This I find bizarre surely the reason the people are there in the first place denotes that they have skill, they where not hired for being pretty! Yes people have different levels of skill, but the main glue that keeps the team together is their potential and what makes it move is the different personalties, each person has a role that will ultimately match their personality and behaviour.

My faith was restored when I began reading the Moon article, as she brought in assertiveness which can for some people be a very difficult thing to overcome. Many of the items she had listed I would be able to relate to and overall I was not pleased. And it was guilt that I could relate to from getting a missed call at work or not being able to do a work shift because I was not available.  At the end of the day Moon’s focus is on behaviour and how people can zone in on their bad habits and develop the good one’s in order to be better within a team.

Behaviour manipulates the way you can say things which in turn makes you deal with people in various ways, which Moon develops in Part B of the article which I found very interesting, no one wants to admit that these type of people exist within a group but they are there I definitely related to a few, which is an eye opener and a sense of honesty within your self which translates into an honesty within the group.


5 thoughts on “THERE IS NO “I” IN TEAM

  1. I like your comment that different people are hired within a company because of their different personalities and skill sets. It is true that an organization needs all different kinds of people to be able to function effectively. I think that the class activity in which we were grouped by our VARK results was a good example of this. Everybody learns and reacts to information in different ways.

  2. Moon’s article was the one that made the most sense and seemed the most useful to me, also. It will probably come in handy if any group-related conflicts arise!

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