. Identify the challenges experienced by developing teams
When teams are newly formed and developing, challenges will be experienced due to the fact diverse individuals have come together to form a team. Challenges such as communication and relationship issues can result. The dynamic and complex nature of a team calls for a strong and decisive leader to guide the team. Time should be taken to evaluate potential challenges of team development and create ways to solve them before they surface. Some of the challenges that can be experienced by teams that are developing are:
-lack of diverse skill and interest: if a team consist of members with similar skills and interest, then the objective of the team may not be achieved. The scope of the organization will have to be considered before selecting team members to ensure that chosen team member have a range of varied skill mix and interest that would best serve the team and the objectives of the organization.
-when a team is developing, communication during all phases of the project is a key component, if team members treat their roles as independent ones, then communication suffers. If the team leader does not communicate with the team members the project flow suffers. Team meetings should be held to discuss the progress of the project and team members asked about their successes and their challenges to gauge the level of communication among the team members.
-developing teams need leaders to offer a sense of purpose of direction. Lack of effective leadership challenges effective team development. Without a strong leader to guide the team and hold members accountable, the team may lose morale and momentum. If unable to be present at team meetings, I appoint my deputy to lead to prevent competition for the role from other team members.
-role confusion; even though a team works together to achieve a goal, each team member needs to know their specific roles within the team, otherwise role confusion will result. When team members lack an understanding of their roles or choose not to follow through with their roles the team cannot develop as a cohesive and well-functioning unit. As a developing team, develop specific well defined roles for each team member. By explaining to each team member their roles in detail it will avoid confusion, and monitoring team members to ensure they adhere to their assign roles.
-when developing a team, conflicts are inevitable and how team member’s deal with conflict is critical to team development. Invest time on training staff in conflict resolution skills. With the skills to effectively resolve conflict the team can work together to stay on track without any constant interruptions. According to Bruce Tuckman (1977), teams that are developing have to go through a number of stages during their existence. He identified the stages as, forming, storming, norming and performing. Teams may not be aware of these stages and are not conscious of the processes involved, and would therefore experiences challenges as the teal is developing. An awareness of the stages may help teams to deal with the more challenging aspects of team working.
When you bring a group of diverse individuals together to form a team, challenges such as communication and relationship issues car result. If a team consists of members with similar skills and interests, the purpose of the team may not be achieved, therefore choosing team members who have a range of different skill sets and interest is essential. Teams need leaders to offer a sense of purpose and direction. Lack of effective leadership challenges effective team development. Without a strong leader to guide the team and hold members accountable, the team may lose morale and momentum. Conflict within a team is inevitable. How team members deal with conflict is critical to team development. Investing time in training for yourself and your employees in conflict resolution skill is beneficial.
With the skills to effectively resolve conflict, your team can work together to stay on track without your constant intervention. Even though a team works together to achieve a goal, each person needs to know his specific role within the team, otherwise, role confusion results. When team members lack an understanding or their specific roles or choose not to follow through with their roles, the team cannot develop as a organized and well-functioning unit. Any workplace is made up of individuals who see the world differently. Conflict occurs when there is a lack of acceptance and understanding of these differences.