TEAMS AT WORK

Can you put together a team and assign roles according to the strengths and weaknesses of each person on the team. Choose 5, 9, or 11 very diverse team members and assign them roles. You may also have up to 3 alternate team members, with alternate team member roles in case they are needed.

You might quickly see what those teams of 5, 9, and 11 members represent: professional athletic teams of basketball, baseball, and football. Not everyone has a background of those types of athletics, however, so there are other options you can use for this assignment. For example, someone submitted a presentation where the team was a squad of soldiers while another selected to do a presentation about an ice hockey team, the Washington Capitals.

Whatever team you select for this project, one of the most important things is to have fun with your team!
The focus of this assignment is on your formation of a team which includes role assignment, barriers to team assignments, potential conflicts in the team, and conflict management. Begin the assignment by reading the Stretch (2016) reference as well as chapters 9 and 10 in the Organization Behavior textbook found on the Background page of this Module.

As you determine the multiple personalities that make up your team, think about the following questions that you will later address in a PowerPoint presentation:

1. How do you determine which person gets which role on the team?
2. What barriers do you see in the way of the success of your team in completing assignments?
3. How do you know when the alternates should be activated and others pulled from the team, if only temporarily?
4. What are possible causes of conflict on the team?
5. What steps will you take to reduce conflict on the team?
6. Identify potential conflicts between team members, the outcome of these potential conflicts, and the process you will follow to resolve these conflicts.

The PowerPoint presentation should be professional with a recommended length of 8 to 12 slides (not counting the cover or reference list slides). Include citations on either the slides or note pages of the presentation and insert coordinating information on the References slide. It is important to note that workers today want to see no more than five words and a picture on each slide. Use the notes pages for everything you want to say after those five words. In addition, these same workers want the pictures to be of real people, not clip art.

A separate part of your assignment is an MS Word outline of the speech you would say during the presentation. As with any normal outline, the outline should contain only bullet points of the notes you put on the note pages, not whole sentences or paragraphs.

High-quality references come from peer-reviewed academic journals and text books. All references must be properly cited and included on the References page.
Please do not use A URL (website address) as a reference.

Here is the reading material:
West, M. A. (2012). Part 2: Developing teams. In Effective teamwork: Practical lessons from organizational research (3rd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. Available in the Trident Online Library.

Note: You may find some of the other chapters worth looking at as optional readings for this module. (Type West Effective Teamwork)
Alanis Business Academy. (2014, March 10). Tuckman’s stages of team development [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhSI6oBQmQA. Standard YouTube License. Permission to use video received 8/12/19 from Alanis Business Academy.

Organizational behavior. (2017). Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing Edition. Retrieved from http://open.lib.umn.edu/organizationalbehavior/. CC BY-NC-SA License.

Read the following sections in Chapter 9:
Section 9.2 Group Dynamics
Section 9.3 Understanding Team Design Characteristics
Section 9.4 Management of Teams
Section 9.5 Barriers to Effective Teams

Read the following sections in Chapter 10:
Section 10.2 Understanding Conflict
Section 10.3 Causes and Outcomes of Conflict
Section 10.4 Conflict Management

Read the following section in Chapter 11:
Section 11.4 Decision Making in Groups

Stretch, R. (2016, June 23). How to use personality tests to build a productive team. Zapier. Retrieved from https://zapier.com/blog/personality-tests/

Thank you

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