My Reflections on Working in a Team Narrative Essay by Nicky

A look at the author's reflections on a team effort at work.
# 151559 | 1,418 words | 7 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 26, 2012 in Business (Administration) , Business (Management)

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In this paper, the author discusses her personal experiences as part of an ongoing team at her current place of employment, known as the Culture Working Group. First, the paper outlines the purpose of this team, its goals and objectives. Then, the paper describes how the team members interact with one another, particularly noting that the team is a hierarchical model that encourages active participation from all members. Next, the paper cites that each member of the team has a specific role. The paper also discusses how often the team meets. Additionally, the paper considers how the team could be more effective and changes that could be made to help in that area. Finally, the paper considers the dynamics of the team and individual opinions. The paper concludes by stating that examining dynamics within each group can hopefully reduce the amount of conflict and non-productive time that groups experience when they learn from past mistakes.

From the Paper:

"The role played by each member of a team significantly shapes the manner in which the team functions (French, Rayner, Rees & Rumbles, 2008). If there are too many leaders or too many followers; too many mediators or too few organizers, operations are not likely to run smoothly. Whatever the construction of the team may be, it must be balanced in order to succeed. I have learned this through both reading about teams, and through actual experience.
"For this assignment, I have decided to reflect upon an ongoing team that I am a member of at my current place of employment. The team is known as the Culture Working Group. This is a committee that has the objective of furnishing ongoing assessments of the organizational culture within the company as it pertains to company goals, objectives and guidelines. I would describe this team as one of "Reciprocal interdependence" because "every member is dependent on others at all levels" (Thompson, 2004, p. 75). There is no independent work assigned that is later brought back to the group. All of the work and discussions take place while the group is assembled and we are all working on the same task, with the same goals..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bloisi W, Cook CW & Hunsaker P 2007 Management & organizational behaviour,
  • 2nd European Edition, McGraw- Hill, Maidenhead,.
  • French, R, Rayner, C, Rees, G & Rumbles, S 2008 Organizational behaviour, Wiley, Chichester
  • Huczynski, AA. & Buchanan, DA. 2007. Organizational behaviour, 5th ed., Prentice Hall, Harlow.
  • Knights, D & Willmott, H 2007 Introducing organizational behaviour and management, Thomson, London.

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