this is in respond to the assignment related to team work about that company i have discussed with the team for the PR & Marketing course :
After reading “How to Make Teams Work Together Effectively,” respond in your blog to the following questions:
– How would you characterize work teams that currently exist at That Company ? Specifically, what makes them highly functional?
Answer : the Company in discussion is a large company with different cultures within and is different from one organization to another depending on how that culture is . once i have known that there was a Silo syndrome going on in a certain part of time . that started to be so visible to everyone . that is when the management interrupted and asked for clarification on details of tasks and accomplishments. in a vertical organization it was not easy to kill the Silos but with the support of the team and middle management and enhancing the communications channels throughout that organization the Silos ended and employees felt supported by that action .
in General that company has Great dedication from its Personnel to getting the job done, i have seen in some areas personnel don’t look for individual credit as much as looking for the team and corporate image . and that is great for the new generations leaders and team . most important that the management has look out for usually is the appreciation and motivation of its teams . sometimes the word thank you is enough . and i can see a great shift in the way the leaders are working with the new hires and future leaders . by giving them more support and more ownership of tasks assigned .
what i really liked is that one of the leaders once said “we need to stop the YES SIR mentality and give the personnel a chance to correct us when needed” this was a very motivating quote that lead to Chang in the organization behavioral and the dedication and delivery of work from its personnel.
– How have you dealt with dysfunctional teams at That Company ?
Answer : working with a dysfunctional team is not easy , it needs lots of diplomacy and needs one to be aware of what is said and how it is perceived by others. usually understanding the situation and listening more than talking would be a great strategy . not giving up and increasing the jobs completed will at the end show who is really working .
taking lead in clarifying the goals of the teams task and highlighting them is one solution that will bring the team back on track and get solutions not add problems . ” to have success you have to look at the solution not the problem ” i think having all the team directed to work for the goal will result for getting things done . and being transparent is very important .
I think one has to keep on working for his goal and not let Silos or anything block his / her career . giving up is the easiest way out of the game of success in any business . if you fail ones its not a problem , but the problem is fail again . we have to always learn from our mistakes and ensure we try our best and do the changes within first before we look at it in others .
– How do you keep teams focused and moving towards common goals?
Answer : before we start any task we need to identify the goals and how it will benefit the organization , we need to keep the team focused and to the point . having many long meetings will kill the motivation of the team . having meetings in other than the office area will always keep the team fresh and motivated to give ideas and brainstorm to achieve . when a team focuses to achieve results that is when it works best . i have a way as a leader telling the team that i am team member with benefits and my job is to ensure they can achieve the results with my help and support . so a team has to be one and has to be transparent to achieve its goals . giving credit to the team and informing management its a team work and getting them to meet the team always works in that company to deliver results as the team feels the ownership and the need to do this for the company . which reduces the ( whats in it for me ) and makes it ( whats in it for the company and organization ) .
– Does the organization have a strategy for having “courageous conversations”? In other words, how does that Copmany facilitate employees’ abilities to broach difficult topics and talk about them within teams and how effective is it?
Answer : As mentioned in one of my previous answer . one of the leaders once said “we need to stop the YES SIR mentality and give the personnel a chance to correct us when needed” this changed the attitude and the participation of everyone in the team where it became more transparent and more productive. so yes the organization has a strategy to enhance communication throughout all the levels to ensure productivity and self expression . but my advice usually is that everyone has to put themselves in the listener shoes to evaluate whatever comment , discussion and words are said to ensure that it doesn’t effect in stepping on others responsibilities or interfere in a way . everyone has to always be diplomatic and say the right statement in the courageous conversation at the time in the right place to the right person .
– Respond to at least two of your team members’ blog posts.
– Deadline: Due by September 30th