Collaboration: Building Effective Teams With Technology

Collaboration: Building Effective Teams With Technology

You have just been given an assignment to put together a plan for a collaborative team. Review Table 2.1 and use it as a guideline to develop your team. You will want to avoid or minimize the risk of dysfunctional aspects while focusing on the team maintenance roles and the task oriented roles. 

 

TABLE 2.1 Team Roles—Functional and Dysfunctional

 

Dysfunctional: Self-Oriented Roles

Functional: Team-Maintenance Roles

Functional: Task-Oriented Roles

Controlling: Dominating others by exhibitingsuperiority or authority

Withdrawing: Retiring from the team either bybecoming silent or by refusing to deal with aparticular aspect of the team’s work

Attention seeking: Calling attention to oneselfand demanding recognition from others

Diverting: Focusing the team’s discussion ontopics of interest to the individual rather thanon those relevant to the task

Encouraging: Drawing out other membersby showing verbal and nonverbal support,praise, or agreement

Harmonizing: Reconciling differencesamong team members through mediationor by using humor to relieve tension

Compromising: Offering to yield on a pointin the interest of reaching a mutuallyacceptable decision

Initiating: Getting the team started ona line of inquiry

Information giving or seeking:Offering (or seeking) informationrelevant to questions facing the team

Coordinating: Showing relationshipsamong ideas, clarifying issues,summarizing what the team has done

Procedure setting: Suggesting decision-making procedures that will move the team toward a goal

 

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