Discuss about the Self-Reflection Statement.
The experience of working in a team is different from that of working in isolation. I learnt this when I engaged in working in a specific group to create and market a product of our organization. I learnt a lot about coordinating activities and assigning task to members according to their level of expertise. I found that working in group was much easier than working in isolation if one know the approach to deal with the team. It minimizes the effort required in the task for each individual and also leads to a fun-filled work environment.
Each team is guided by a leader who directs the task and clearly states the purpose of being in a team to all members. We also begin in the same way and during the first interactive meeting the team and our leader, we interacted with each other and our team leaders stated to us the task that we needed to perform. Our company comes up with new products very often and we were assigned the task of preparing an innovative way to promote the product in the market. Hence, I realized that we all had to contribute in the task and suggest innovative ways to promote the product in the market. In our next meeting, we all had to suggest innovative ways to present the product and come to a consensus of one effective marketing method
The issues came in the next meeting when we realized that the team was new and there was lack of coordination between members leading to chaotic situation. However, we were lucky to have an experienced leader who had the expertise to deal with such issues in the team. He was not at all impulsive and he supported everyone impartially. He helped in creating a positive ambience at the work place and encouraged team members to help each other. He asserted many times that our goal is the same and we should analyze the impact of any activity on the team and reputation of the organization. Hence, he had the skills to extract the best out of the team as he was able to identify the weakness and strength of each team members.
Therefore, the nature of the leaders along with the shared vision and collaborative nature of team members helped us to achieve the task very soon and our Company was also overwhelmed by our innovative marketing strategy which impressed them a lot. This experience helped me realize the importance of team and I got to about ways to manage a team. Team work helped in getting better output from employees and also building good working relationship with team members. Team work is better from the organization perspective too as members in the team are always ready to manage work in the absence of other team members and hence the productivity of organization is never compromised in team work (Torrente et al., 2012). Effective team management skills like motivating employee, encouraging conflicts and many other skills ensure the success of the team (Bak et al., 2013).
Bak, C. A., Vogt, L. H., George, W. R., & Greentree, I. R. (2013). Management by team. Logistics Information Management
Torrente, P., Salanova, M., Llorens, S., & Schaufeli, W. B. (2012). Teams make it work: How team work engagement mediates between social resources and performance in teams. Psicothema, 24(1), 106-112.