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TEAMBUILDING - FULL STEAM AHEAD Introduction I have just been appointed as a Manager of a Department within a new company My role will be to develop a new work group of twelve into an effective and cohesive business team The aim of this paper will be to analyse and discuss the nature of the teambuilding process I will look at the various components involved in this process from Leadership Styles and communication methods to decision-making planning and group dynamics Within the context of this framework I will attempt to integrate several academic models and theories in order to clarify my own ideas on the teambuilding process Finally I will focus on my own personal style of leadership and motivational techniques Would I have been able to lead the team to achieve its maximum potential Have I achieved a good balance between directing group actions and giving the group the freedom to make their own choices Ultimately have I been honest enough with the group to gain their trust and respect Phase One - Planning and Strategies The most important aspect in the initial teambuilding phase is time spent on planning Before the team meets as a group it will be necessary to clearly define the reason for the teams existence What will be their function within the context of the organisations future strategies As Coghlan 1994 states Groups and teams play a key role in the process of planned organisational change The change process typically involves teams in the organisations hierarchy responding to the change agenda and adapting to it in terms of its tasks and processes There are obviously many questions to be answered before the first meeting takes place h Has the team been formed to make decisions or to implement the decisions of others h What are its goals h Does it have a mission statement
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