This week had a large focus around teams and the ideas of teams. This came about as our teams for the semester were being decided upon and formed. This discussion lead me to link some of the ideas discussed in class to other areas of my life where I have been in teams. I thought about how the concepts in class compare and transfer to my personal experience.
One element that was discussed and decided upon as an important characteristic when putting teams together is goal congruence. This means that it is important for team members to share common goals in order for the team to be effective. In my first year at university I took part took Business 101 as a course. In this course we were randomly assigned to courses. It was obvious that I did not share common goals with the all of my team members. Some team members had goals of simply passing the course, others had goals of achieving a high grade and some had goals of completing the course with the least effort possible. This resulted in a range of issues for my team. One of these was conflict, half of the team came fully prepared and ready to participate and learn while the other half of the team arrived unprepared and reluctant to contribute to team activities. This effectively meant that half of the team was doing a whole teams effort. We were ineffective and grew tired of the work. A string frustration developed towards the other members of the team.
As a whole I believe that goal congruence is an important factor to consider when putting a team together. In a team environment there are many complexities and uncontrollable aspects. The alignment and congruence of goals is controllable and I feel it should be considered by all managers when putting teams together.