This week’s classes I found were particularly interesting for me, as I learnt the process of how we will be placed into teams for the rest of the semester. The most valuable thing I learnt was the fact that goal diversity exists as a major cause of team conflict. Before being told this, I never really saw this as a major issue because it is something that goes beyond the surface diversity of the individuals within a team.
Reflecting on this, I have realised that this goal diversity had existed within many teams I have worked in, resulting in the failure of not only quantitative results, but also in the sense of a strong team formation. I really learnt the value of a meaningful and well thought out team selection process, essentially setting up each team with a better chance of success. This is particularly helpful to me because in 2 weeks, I have the responsibility in one of my jobs to form and manage 6 teams, where I do not yet know anyone. I am now sure it would be very beneficial to utilise some variation of the mikes bikes type cv crossed with the ‘getting to know you’ form as explained in the Oakley, Felder, Brent, & Elhajj reading 'turning student groups into effective teams' (2004). As I am forming work teams, I will need to alter this form a bit to better suit a work environment, but my main focus will be trying to establish which type of team environment each person wants to be working in, in order to minimise the effects that goal diversity could have on team performance, and hopefully maximise intrinsic motivation levels within every team member in each team.
My first impression of the mikes bikes cv was that it was going to be used as a tool to help place us into evenly spread (ability wise) teams based on our GPA, background, experience and scores on solomike. However now I realise it was so much more than that and all the variables on this sheet will contribute to forming the best possible teams. I am now looking forward to working in a group of like minded people who have the same goal as me.
Oakley, B., Felder, R. M., Brent, R., & Elhajj, I. (2004). Turning student groups into effective teams. Journal of student centered learning, 2(1), 9--34.