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This week’s reading on "Why teams matter" provided insightful dialogue as to how teams are differentiated from groups. Groups are a random collection of individuals with shared interests; however teams on the other hand are a small collection of individuals meeting for the purpose of achieving shared goals and objectives. This however is a broad definition and focuses narrowly on the goal aspect. The team triangle articulated in the "Why teams matter" article specifies different aspects important to consider in team contracts and operations. The triangle centres around three components: personal growth, collective work-product and performance results. Skills are required for a diverse range of problem solving and technical ability to be available for the team. Accountability is crucial; the team must be small, individual, and mutual. Commitment is also important, there needs to exist a specific purpose, common approach and meaningful purpose. Under Blooms taxonomy I had read the notes and gained the knowledge but have only recently comprehended how to implement the team triangle. To have strong levels of skills, accountability and commitment I realised what needs to happen. Our teams are naturally diverse and skilled given everyone’s different majors. The question of accountability and commitment can be solved by setting agendas. Every team meeting there should be an agenda as to what the goals of the team meeting are. There is little point meeting if goals are not clearly defined, additionally everyone should contribute a timed few minutes speech on their area of expertise aka what they have learnt. These things will create accountability and commitment. This is the application process of Blooms taxonomy. The analysis and synthesis is a team process, whereby we discuss the ideas put forward through knowledge and comprehension as a team and come to conclusions. 

Reference: Why teams matter, D. Smith

2 Comments

  1. Hi John (smile)

    I feel as though your journal lists theory within the reading (I done it too..oops!) However, more analysis would be recommended to better grasp the ideas within the readings. For example, in you first few sentences you have stated pretty much what I can read within the reading itself.

    I can see evidence of you going through Katzenbach and Smith, I would have liked to see some of your own experiences in there as well. We learn most from our own personal experiences, so putting some in for your upcoming journals would be beneficial to you and to others who read it, to see where theory meets real life.

    All the best for the rest of the semester!

  2. Hi John! Your journal entry is evident that you have done your readings and have thought a lot about what you have read and learnt from those readings. This is a great start (smile), but to improve, I will kindly suggest to include experiences within your writing. This will illustrate that you can apply the concepts that you are learning to real life experiences. You will also avoid the regurgitation of information by doing this. Another great format to use, is the Daudelin's model on how to write journal entries (reflection). By using this model you will be able to state what the problem or situation was that you have experience? Why you have experienced it? How you can address it or How to do it another way? What action will you take or will you even take action? (refer to readings on week 1). This model will help you with flow and will help you apply personal experiences. Remember its a reflection of what you have learnt, which includes experiences not just the readings.

    Overall, Great job and all the best for the rest of the course (smile) Cheers.