Team Dynamics and Conflict Resolution in Work Teams

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Team Dynamics and Conflict Resolution in Work Teams

Teams are groups of people who work together to achieve a common goal (Learning Team Handbook, p 310). Workplace teams are increasing as businesses find the yield of team productivity and creativity exceeds individual productivity/creativity. To promulgate productive teams, businesses have had to identify common threads for successful teams. Businesses have identified the dynamics and needs of successful teams.

Seven tasks must be included in consideration of team dynamics and structure. The first of which is defining the goal, mission or function of a specific team. The team must know what it is being asked to accomplish. The second area of consideration is assessing what skills,
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In addition to learning styles, diversity amongst team members must be recognized and integrated into the process of achieving the team mission, goal or function.

All members of the team must clearly understand the goals and objectives of the team. All members must be on the same page and understand the benefits of timely project completion and the repercussions of failure. Team members must communicate concerns and issues among each other. Valid or apparently valid issues and concerns must be addressed at the on set. Failure to address issues and concerns will cause issue escalation and project degradation. Communications must include identification of areas of weakness, lack of information and deficiencies. Deadlines must be discussed with realistic target completion times and dates of tasks to allow for consolidation and integration into the master mission or project.

The mission, goal or project to be accomplished by the team must then be broken down into primary task assignments distributed among team members with realistic deadlines set for completion of task assignments. The individual task assignments must be managed to enable adequate time to consolidation and compilation for a preliminary version of the completed project.

Acquisition and structuring of teams based on these areas of opportunity enable the team to maximize performance by all team members through capitalizing on the