During this week in management 300, I have been challenged to think about the real value of teams. In every course in management in particular they push the value and benefits of teamwork, but with little to no relative meaning. For example, they explain benefits through cultural differences and how conflict can be beneficial to idea generation, when the theories are null in void without putting them into practice. Through the use of Solo Mike, I have learnt the very practical value of teams, and how much easier the simulation would have been with a team of people making decisions about specific areas that they are interested in.
The idea of goal alignment (Katzenbach and Smith 1992) became a very important aspect of teamwork in my mind this week, after lectures and readings. When I think about it, it is the main purpose and function of a team, without a common goal, the team is never going to be successful (hence the importance of the C.V in the group formations). Whilst differences/conflict in a group are important to avoid the idea of ‘groupthink’, I think this comes out in the process to a common goal. I personally, decided to place myself in a highly competitive team, to increase my accountability in a team that has a highly level of interest in being successful. Lectures and experiences over this week have opened my eyes to the practical AND theoretical ideas around working within a team. With teams being used by a large number of organisations to improve their productivity and idea generation I think this knowledge is essential and a real gold mine to prepare me for the working world. Katzenbach and Smith, (1992), show us that more and more managers are using teams to compete with competitors in order to satisfy needs and wants of its consumers
This week theory, lectures and practice with Solo Mike have enlightened me into what I am in for, for the rest of the semester and hopefully prepares me for team work in the future.
Katzenbach, J. R. & Smith, D. K. (1992). Why teams matter. McKinsey Quarterly, (3), 3--2