Quiz: What Skills Do You Need to Be an Effective Team Player?
Excerpt From Building Teams That Work Course by ed2go Instructor Vivian Harte
How well suited are you to team membership? This quiz from Building Teams That Work can give you some insight into your abilities and motivations. Don’t think about any of the statements for a long time. Just take them one at a time, and answer as honestly as possible.
Give one of three answers: 1) agree, 2) neither agree nor disagree, or 3) disagree.
1.Whenever I face a challenge, I want to solve it myself
2. I generally want to control what I’m responsible for.
3. I haven’t spent much time thinking about my strengths and weaknesses.
4. I have a hard time admitting mistakes I make.
5. It annoys me when other people do better on a task than I do. Continue reading
Two Obstacles That Teams Face by ed2go Instructor Vivian Harte
Many teams fail because they can’t overcome common obstacles that create an atmosphere where they make poor decisions. I’ll tell you about two of these obstacles today.
Bandwagon effect: When teams make decisions this way, most of the members decide to go along to get along. You’ll know this is happening if you see that . . .
- The team is considering only a couple of alternatives.
- Nobody on the team is willing to thoroughly discuss alternatives to the first suggestions people offer.
- Team members punish other team members (with looks, gestures, or words) for expressing opinions.
Escalation of commitment: If team members initially favor a certain solution, they believe the situation is better than it really is. The team persists in devoting money and time to implementing the project as first conceived. Many times, escalation of commitment doesn’t become obvious until it’s too late.
You can learn more about these and other obstacles as well as how to deal successfully with them in Building Teams That Work course.