Essay about Leading and Managing Today's Organizational Teams

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Technological advancements coupled with consumer demands in a global market forced businesses to change from the traditional nine-to-five work day to a twenty-four hours a day, seven-days a week world. Maintaining a competitive edge is a matter of survival in today's weak economy. Successful leaders and managers recognize they must continue to find new and innovative ways to meet customer needs by utilizing the creative power of groups and teams. This paper will explore understanding group dynamics and the distinctions between leadership and management.
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These groups can be either formal or informal. Formal groups are normally formed by the manager or director with the purpose of performing a specific task or to achieve an organizational goal. The most familiar formal teams within an organization are problem-solving teams, self-managing teams, cross-functional teams and geographically-diverse teams. Problem-solving teams are created to discuss ways of improving quality, effectiveness, and the work environment. Self-managing teams are created to give more each individual responsibility, influence and liability for their work (Shockly-Zalabak, 2009). These responsibilities include control over the pace of work, determination of task assignments, and choice of inspection procedures. Cross-functional teams or directional teams are made up of people with diverse functional backgrounds within an organization to exchange information, develop ideas, and coordinate complex projects. The universal goal of a cross-functional team is to utilize the combination of innovation, speed and quality that comes from a group of professionals from various specialties. Lastly, geographically-diverse or virtual teams use technology, usually a computer, to tie physically separated members to attain a common goal. This allows team mates to collaborate online, whether they are only a block apart or living on different continents. Formal groups are necessary in any organization to maintain a competitive edge
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