I in team

Many say there is no I in Team. We say there is. The I stands for the individual. Teams are made up of individuals who are expected to work together in a way that produces more than they could produce working separately. Individuals bring their talents, goals, role expectations, working habits, and many other characteristics to the team. They don't suddenly become "we."

There is always a question of, "Do I have to give up me to work effectively on this team?" Effective teamwork always is a balancing act between independence and interdependence, between the individual and the group. Each individual has core psychological needs, values, and talents that are essential to their well-being and high performance. Each person is unique, yet each has many things in common with others.

Using the framework of the stages of team development (forming, storming, norming and performing), we have identified how people of each of four temperament patterns are likely to experience each of the stages. The storming chapter explores the many conflicts teams experience that are temperament related. We identify them and then provide suggestions on how to deal with those conflicts. We share tips on what the leader should be doing at each stage to help the individuals and the team grow.

The topic of remote teams overlays the whole book. There are many similar dynamics in team development whether the team members are remote or colocated. However, we call out those situations where remote teams will have different or more extreme issues or concerns.

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Contact Information: 
Lori Fuentes
Chair of the University Staff Development Committee
Kendall 106, California State University Chico
(530) 898-6101