A. understand the definition of a “TEAM”;
B. understand the differences between a team and a group;
C. understand the concept and importance of team roles
D. create new ideas on how to build a team (using team roles too)
Time needed to review this content: 30 MIN
What is team work? Team work is defined as the process of working collaboratively with a group of people in order to achieve common goals. A team consists of more than one person, each of whom has both different and similar responsibilities, but the main responsibility is on the team, as a whole.
A team has common objectives, a common mission. It is very important to coordinate personal goals with team goals.
Team roles are the expectations from team members regarding each other's behaviour in the team.
Team roles can relate to different categories of tasks (not necessarily the official tasks from job descriptions).
"If You Want To Go Fast, Go Alone. If You Want To Go Far, Go Together" African proverb
This video clearly presents why a team needs members with different strengths, abilities and even weaknesses. And how a successful team benefits from the different thinking / acting, relation and action oriented members.
This video shows how important mutual trust and support in a TEAM is. It also has a powerful motivational side.
TIPS AND TRICKS:
Everyone has to understand and accept that there is no long term success without a team.
Try to benefit from the understanding of team roles and their contribution to the team's activity and success.
Understand the difference between a group of people and a real team – working together, taking common responsibility.
"That’s a team, gentlemen and either we heal now, as a team, or we will die as individuals." Any Given Sunday (1999)
In order to achieve our goals in personal life, work, business, sports etc. we have to work in teams.
Teamwork leads to personal and group development, better results and better atmospheres.
A good team is composed of individuals with different and complementary strengths, abilities and skills.
THINK OF SOME ANSWERS TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS
Sport team vs. work team
Compare the roles in a football (or other sport you know well) team (not only the players can be the members of a team) and your working team. Which roles can you identify in each situation? Are there similarities?
Identifying roles in your team
Re-watch the first video, with Belbin's Team Roles, and try to identify those roles in your company / team. Does your team have thinkers, relation/ people oriented or action oriented members?
Which team roles are important when starting an ICT project?
Which team roles becomes more important when getting close to project deadline?
Belbin Team Roles
Besides the relation to the other pill in this unit (Teambuilding), this knowledge pill is connected to the units Communication and Leadership.