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Developing Successful and Productive Teams

             In your experience, what 'problem behaviours' have occurred in a team or teams? How were these handled to develop (or not) the team members and the team or teams? What criteria and alternative strategies would you propose to handle these 'problem behaviours' to develop team members and the team or teams and why?.
             It is agreed upon by most of the people that the use of teams and teamwork is highly beneficial for organizations as a whole and the individuals as well (Stockley, D. 2006). We can say that teamwork strategy can also be used to enhance the morale of any organization. Teams are usually used in an organization to solve complex problems (Kasl, E., Marsick, V.J. & Dechant, K. 1997 p.227).
             A team is a combination of different types of people. The interaction of these people and their relation to each other is a variable to determine the success of the team. Some people are helpful and supportive; take work as a high privileged task while others may not be found interested in the task assigned to their group. Working in an environment of competition, a team may have to face a lot of problems regarding the behaviours of its members. These situations can prove to be a hindrance in the way of team's success. So, in my view, the success of the team is solely and completely dependent on the level of cohesiveness and cooperation among the team members. In order to make the team work much more effectively and productively, the problem behaviours should be clearly understood, then addressed and eradicated. These problem behaviours can be a result of different obstacles in the way of effective functioning of teams (Johnson & Johnson, 2009 p.55). These obstacles are lack of team maturity, team's history, mixed motives of team members and obstructive individual behaviours. The different types of problem behaviours which can occur within a team can be a conflict, active or passive non-participation, monopoly among the team members, scapegoating and independence.

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