By Steven A. Beebe
Recognized for its wealth of sensible, suitable, and up to date info, speaking in Small teams balances the foundations of small workforce communique with actual global purposes. With an emphasis on genuine international examples, expertise, and moral collaboration, the tenth variation of speaking in Small teams: rules and Practices is helping scholars increase their functionality in teams and groups, whereas giving them perception in to why staff and staff individuals converse as they do.
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GRAB CREDIT. Jockey for a position of power by trying to gain personal credit for the work you do (and even don’t do). 13 Enacting this simple list of do’s and don’ts won’t ensure that you’ll be a competent team member, but research suggests that these behaviors can contribute to an overall perception of competence. And if others perceive you are competent, you are more likely to behave in ways that enhance competent behavior. Communicating Collaboratively: Advantages and Disadvantages There is no question about it: You will find yourself working in groups and teams.
Specifically, researchers have found support for the principle that team members who learn how to overcome obstacles and adapt their behavior to achieve their goals are more successful than those who don’t learn and adapt. 48 They see what results they get and then adapt their behavior accordingly. Ineffective teams don’t learn from their mistakes and don’t try new things; they keep making the same mistakes over and over again. ■ BE CLEAR. Make sure the meanings of words and phrases are clear by defining words that may be unfamiliar to other team members; also, avoid using unfamiliar acronyms (abbreviations for phrases, such as “PDC” for Personnel and Discipline Committee) unless such phrases are common knowledge to all team members.
It takes longer to develop relationships when participating in virtual teams. ■ USE APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY. Make sure term members aren’t slowed down by ineffective technology. ■ COMMUNICATE OFTEN. The messages need not be lengthy, but more frequent message exchanges lets other group members know you’re still involved and connected. ■ PROVIDE GOOD TECH SUPPORT. It’s important that team members have someone who can help them use the technology effectively—especially when the technology doesn’t work or breaks down.