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Successful Teamwork: Facilitators and Barriers

SD800 Lacy McIntosh
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Transcript of Successful Teamwork: Facilitators and Barriers

Successful Teamwork: Facilitators and Barriers What Makes a Team Effective? Clear goals
Individual accountability
shared responsibility
Functional group processes
Leadership kkkkk Clear goals: The goals of an effective team are mutual and clearly understood by all team members. Individual Accountability: Each member has responsibility for something the group needs in order to function. The structure of an effective team provides for individual accountability that increases the tendency of team members to devote adequate effort to meeting their team responsibilities. Shared responsibility: Successful teams share
responsibility for the
implementation of ideas and
have a sense of accountability
for outcomes. Functional group
processes: The group processes used in
effective teams serve to increase,
or at least maintain, the team’s
capacity to work collaboratively on future endeavors. Specifically, these group
processes ensure that leadership and participation are distributed
throughout the team. Leadership Factors that act as barriers
to team success: Narrow range in areas of expertise among team members
Poor structure and ground rules for team functioning
Lack of guidelines for determining how successes are recognized
Insufficient time or resources for implementing the task
Institutional constraints and unequal power/influence among team members.
Team conflicts among members lacking skills to resolve them
Lack of, or ineffective, communication What is a Team? An educational team is a group of interdependent individuals with unique skills and perspectives who interact directly to achieve their mutual goal of providing students with effective educational progress and services. Clear Goals: Individual Accountability The goals of an effective
team are mutual and
clearly understood
by all team
members. Each member has responsibility for
something the group needs
in order to function. The structure
of an effective team provides for
individual accountability that
increases the tendency of team
members to devote adequate effort
to meeting their team
responsibilities. The group processes used in effective
teams serve to increase, or at least
maintain, the team’s capacity to work collaboratively on future endeavors. Specifically, these group processes
ensure that leadership and
participation are distributed
throughout the team. Shared
Responsibility Successful teams share responsibility
for the implementation of
ideas and have a sense of
accountability for outcomes. Functional Group
Processess By offering a summary of positions stated
by others, asking clarifying questions,
or simply helping to ensure that all team members have the opportunity to
participate in discussion and decision
making, a team member demonstrates
leadership and helps the
team progress. Leadership How can we
promote teamwork and
successful outcomes? Take a look at the following facilitators of
team success Good selection of team members with diverse areas of expertise
Members with willingness to participate and to assume different roles
Team members with maturity, flexibility, and personal commitment Physical proximity of team members
Institutional support, changes in the workplace, and incentives
Clarity of common goal and shared vision
Effective communication, including the use of constructive comments among team members
The Internet and e-mail as a supporting platform Why are some teams
unsuccessful/ineffective? Resources Friend, Marilyn Penovich, and Lynne Cook. Interactions: Collaboration Skills for School Professionals. Boston: Pearson, 2010. Print. k Student success is the priority! So let's work HARD to ensure thatwe incorporate successful practices into our interdisciplinary teams to benefit our students.
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