Groups and Team Paper

742 Words Dec 5th, 2005 3 Pages
Abstract Groups are defined as a collection of two or more people who work with one another regularly to achieve common goals. Groups evolve into teams when the group works actively together to achieve a common purpose for which they hold themselves collectively accountable. In turn, high-performance teams are those teams that have strong core values, have specific performance objectives, have the right mix of technical, problem-solving, decision-making, interpersonal skills, and possess creativity. This paper will explain how a group can become a high-performance team. This paper will also include the impact of demographic characteristics and culture diversities on a high-performance team.
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Team building also holds crucial success in the forming of a high-performance team. When teams are formed, they must overcome each other as well as continue the process of working together as a team. Team building allows the team to gather and analyze data on the team and to initiate changes designed to improve teamwork and increase group effectiveness.
Cultural Diversity Teams have come under what is referred to as diversity-consensus dilemma. This is the tendency for increasing diversity among group members to make working with team members harder, even though that diversity itself expands the skills available for problem-solving.
When teams contain members that are similar in age, gender, race, experience, and culture; there are benefits for group dynamics. The downside of this is the team may lack creative ideas and viewpoints.
When teams contain members diverse in cultures, lifestyles, and experiences; this offers a rich pool of information, talent, and perspectives that can improve a teams problem-solving and creativity.
Problems with diverse teams occur when interpersonal stresses and conflicts emerge. Working through these problems can slow up a team and hinder information sharing, relationship building, and problem-solving.
Once a team figures out how to unlock its full potential, diversity becomes one of the greatest advantages of high-performance organizations.
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