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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.   

2 Comments

  1. Luke,

     

    Overall the reflection was good in terms of what you had learnt and how you related that to your own experiences. 

    However, you should ask yourself, 'what happens if the same problems occur in Mgmt 300?' I feel that you have identified the problems you had come across in team work from previous courses but how would you attempt to overcome it? Perhaps you could've included something about how your Bus101 team dealt with the conflict. This could lead to possible solutions on solving that conflict and potentially something similar in the future when you're working in teams.
    Also, you made a mistake in paragraph 2, line 2, which I think you were meant to say "In this course we were randomly assigned to TEAMS" and not courses - just be aware of the small mistakes. (smile)


  2. Hi Luke

     

    Good effort with your journal this week! Using an example from BUS101 explained well issues with the team formation process. However it might have been more useful to link how the random formation could have been solved with goal congruence. This would of been strengthened with some examples from the readings or the lectures of how goal congruence is a good variable when forming teams.

    What were some of the other ideas you have thought about in regards to teams in the last week? You reflection seems to be lacking some other key concepts discussed with teams and it would be great to hear about your views on a few of these.