Ch 1: Characteristics of Effective Teams

About This Chapter

Workplace teams contribute significantly to a company's success. In this chapter, your employees can learn what makes a team effective as well as how to make decisions as one cohesive unit.

Characteristics of Effective Teams - Chapter Summary

Companies have found that workers who can function as groups or teams can increase productivity in the workplace. The video lessons in this chapter examine the value of working as a team and describe what makes them effective. Watching these lessons should help your employees understand the following:

  • The definition of the contemporary team in business
  • Characteristics of an effective team and how it contributes to the success of an organization
  • Tuckman's five stages of group development
  • The concept of groupthink

Employees can examine what makes a work team successful and identify challenges that could occur in a group setting to help them avoid similar issues in your company. Short self-assessment quizzes and a chapter exam are available to gauge their comprehension of the lesson concepts.

How It Helps

  • Strengthens team dynamics: The lessons focus on what makes a team effective by offering tips that can help strengthen your employees' team dynamics.
  • Improves group decision making: Employees learn how to successfully navigate the challenging task of making decisions as a group.
  • Increases productivity: As managers learn how to form effective groups, they can help employees work together efficiently, which can increase overall productivity.

Skills Covered

Upon completion of this chapter, your employees will be able to:

  • Define the work team and describe how it aids in a company's productivity
  • Identify the key characteristics that make teams effective in the business world
  • Outline Tuckman's five stages of group development
  • Explain the concept of groupthink and why making quick group decisions should be avoided

5 Lessons in Chapter 1: Characteristics of Effective Teams
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Work Team in Contemporary Business: Definition & Analysis

1. The Work Team in Contemporary Business: Definition & Analysis

Contemporary business has thrived with the use of work teams in creating products, solving problems and developing alternatives. There are many ways that work teams add to the productivity and success of a company.

Characteristics of Effective Teams: Examples and Qualities

2. Characteristics of Effective Teams: Examples and Qualities

Effective teams can contribute heavily to the success of an organization. This lesson explores the key characteristics that make teams effective in the business world. You'll see an example of each characteristic and learn about underlying, supportive aspects of effectiveness.

Stages of Group Development: Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing & Adjourning

3. Stages of Group Development: Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing & Adjourning

Managers must be able to recognize and understand group behavior at its various stages. This lesson explains Tuckman's five stages of group development, including forming, storming, norming, performing and adjourning.

Practical Application: Stages of Team Development

4. Practical Application: Stages of Team Development

Bruce Tuckman created the 5 stages of team development. Following these five stages as a team leader can lead to more productive team meetings and teamwork. This infographic can help.

Groupthink: Definition & Examples

5. Groupthink: Definition & Examples

Some groups are quick to make decisions to maintain cohesion, but this can be a critical mistake to make. This lesson explains the concept of groupthink using the Challenger explosion as an example.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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