Are you a team player? Yes, I am a team player and a very good one might I add. I always try to be prepared for the task at hand. I offer fresh ideas on how to get the info needed quickly, and I always put in a great effort to get the task researched done the project completed on time. I’m never overbearing, loud or rude, and I always remember that the team is one and that I’m just one entity of it.
What is the difference in a group and a team? Group- Three or more individual that affiliate, interact, cooperate in a familial social or work context. Team- Teams are a form of group normally dedicated to production or problem solving.
Discuss your experience as a team member (positive or negative). Were you the team leader? Yes, I was the team leader. It was not the usual audit time at Nationwide Credit but we got a surprise call from our Audit Department. We needed to pull over 300 copies of payments made within the year spread across 7 different branch locations. Per my director, these payments had to be printed and identified with the account numbers on them and ready to be mailed by Monday morning, did I mention that the day I got this project was Thursday late in the evening. After looking at my groups budget, I noticed that I had kept overtime to a minimal throughout the year so I had plenty of overtime we could use on this project. Because it was last minute, I decided to let my employees make the decision. I sent then an email giving the specifics of the project, also I gave the majority vote rules on how we were going to work the overtime. I gave them a choice between working 3hrs Thursday and Friday night or 6hrs on Saturday. They chose 3hrs Thursday and 3hrs Friday. I stayed with them even though I didn’t have to, dinner was on me both nights and I gave them all and extra hour off with pay for getting everything done so quickly. I helped them pull and identify some things but for the most part they worked together to get this project done. We had all of the files to my Director by 6:30 pm on Friday. It was a surprise to me that she was still in her office at 6:30 pm when I put the package on her desk, it was even a bigger surprise to her that we had gotten it done so fast. She rewarded my group a small bonus and movie tickets! I was so proud of them and my leadership. I later learned from my team that they were happy to see that I stayed and helped them complete the task, most managers would not have done it.
Why are groups/teams so important to organizations? Teams can often achieve higher levels of performance than individuals because of the combined energies and talents of the members. Collaboration can produce motivation and creativity that may not be present in single-contractor projects. Individuals also have a sense of belonging to the group, and the range of views and diversity can energize the process, helping address creative blocks and stalemates. By involving members of the team in decision-making, and calling up on each member’s area of contribution, teams can produce positive results.
McLean, Business Communication for Success, (2014).