Team Building and Teamwork Articles

Team Building and Teamwork Articles

For most of us, teamwork is a part of everyday life. Whether it’s at home, in the community, or at work, we are often expected to be a functional part of a performing team. The following articles will help you understand teamwork better and help you to function better as part of a team. Team leaders will learn how to effectively build a team and how team building activities can help build successful teams.

Defining a Successful Team
Success is determined by a wide range of factors. When we are given a project or an assignment we are also usually given a metric to which we can gauge the success of it. Having a strong team will benefit any organization and will lead to more successes than not...

Types of Teams
The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines a team as a number of persons associated together in work or activity.   Teams are formed for many purposes.  Examples include project teams, ad-hoc teams, quality improvement teams, and task forces.  Sometimes the team is formed to work on a goal as an adjunct to a traditional hierarchy in an organization.  At other times, the team is designed to replace the hierarchy. Several roles help to keep a team operating smoothly...

The Forming Stage of Team Development
What makes up a good team? Well, that question is open to interpretation, but we will start with the first step in the team building process which is forming. We will discuss what makes up that stage and how each person in the team fits into the process...

The Storming Stage of Team Development
We will look at the Storming phase where the team focuses on their objective. This is the reason the team was created, and we will break down where the leaders and followers fit into this stage. Team members will now begin to fill certain rolls and the team is starting to come together...

The Norming Stage of Team Development
By now the team should be in place and everyone has their role with progress beginning on the objectives. Goals have been set and people are now beginning to work on their tasks...

The Performing Stage of Team Development
The team should now be well into their work and progress made on their objectives. Communication is going well and team members are sharing knowledge and working well together...

Effective Team Building Activities
Teambuilding is an organized effort to improve team effectiveness.  All members of the team must be committed to the idea in order for the effort to be effective. Teambuilding can be indicated for any team or for a work team that is considered to be” in trouble”. Teambuilding implies hard work that continues on after the initial training session...

Making the Most of Team Meetings
They are extremely important in team building and facilitation.  It is very important that they are well structured and have a set purpose and time. When a meeting is run well it is a fantastic tool as it provides a forum where a lot of information can be given to a lot of people in a short amount of time. Issues can be addressed and action plans set into play...

Solving Problems as a Team
One of the most common objectives of a team is to solve a certain problem. It is usually why a team is created. Team members bring a diverse set of skills to the team and this provides a great scenario and the best chance in finding a solution. Because the team is comprised of individuals that bring a unique skill set, it provides the team with a “the whole is greater than its parts” setup which is a valuable tool...

Encouraging Teamwork
For every team member that believes and works for the team the chances of success go up exponentially. That is the reason why it is so important in teamwork and team building, as it provides the greats chance of success...

What is Team Building?
First we need to consider the meaning of the word 'Team'. Some of the ideas and definitions that may come up around this word may include: A group of people, Co-operation, Synergy, Having one aim, Co-operation, Flexibility, Working together and Reporting to one boss...

History of Team Building
McDougall (1920) is commonly credited as the first team builder and he introduced various conditions needed for a high functioning group. The emergence of the team idea can be traced back to the late 1920s and early 1930s with the now classic Hawthorne Studies...

Team Building Coordinators and Facilitators 
A team-building coordinator is responsible for each component of a team building intervention. A team-building coordinator or facilitator will likely interact with the team once, or for a limited number of times....

Benefits of Team Building
Team Building events and activities have many benefits to your company such as improving communication and making the workplace more enjoyable. It is very helpful in motivating a team and for team members to get to know each other better...

Types of Team Building Excercises
Communications exercises are problem solving activities that are geared towards improving communication skills. The problems and obstacles teams encounter in these exercises are solved by communicating effectively with each other. to highlight the importance of good communication in team performance... 

Team Building Methods
Team building events often take participants out of their regular work context, and use the new context as an enabler of change and development. This allows team participants to get to learn more about each other in a new context...