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PRDV203: Introduction to Management

Unit 10: Team Building and Leading   Congratulations! You have made it to the last unit; you are almost done! With an understanding of what a team is and its intended activities, you are in a position to build and lead teams of your own. The readings in this unit are designed to help you identify the important elements of team design and to maximize the potential for team effectiveness.

Unit 10 Time Advisory
Completing this unit should take you approximately 4.75 hours.

☐    Subunit 10.1: 1.25 hours

☐    Subunit 10.2: 0.5 hours

☐    Subunit 10.3: 0.5 hours

☐    Subunit 10.4: 1.75 hours

☐    Subunit 10.5: 0.25 hours

☐    Subunit 10.6: 0.25 hours

☐    Subunit 10.7: 0.25 hours

Unit10 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to: - differentiate between a group and a team; - describe the history of how teams evolved to become a popular structure within organizations; - describe team tasks and roles; - describe the relationship between team leadership, autonomy, and empowerment; - describe the steps to designing an effective team; - identify various team personalities and how to assemble them into a team; - identify barriers to effective teams; and - describe how team design can lead to more effective discipline.

10.1 Designing Effective Teams   - Reading: Principles of Management: “Chapter 13: Managing Groups and Teams” Link: Principles of Management (PDF): “Chapter 13: Managing Groups and Teams”
 
Instructions: Read Chapter 13, “Managing Groups and Teams,” beginning with Section 2, “Understanding Team Design Characteristics,” on page 507 and reading to page 530. Skip the subsections “Virtual Teams” and “Top Management Teams” on pages 514-516.
 
Pay particular attention to the “Team Leadership and Autonomy” section on pages 516-518. In concert with delegation, empowerment is a powerful management tool that can enhance team productivity.
 
Reading this chapter should take approximately 45 minutes.
 
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  • Activity: Principles of Management: “Chapter 13, Section 2: Understanding Team Design Characteristics -Exercises” Link: Principles of Management (PDF): “Chapter 13, Section 2: Understanding Team Design Characteristics -Exercises”
     
    Instructions: Review pages 518-520 of Principles of Management. Answer questions 1, 2, and 4 of the “Exercises” on page 520.
     
    Completing this activity should take approximately 30 minutes.
     
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10.2 Team Personalities   - Reading: Wikimedia Commons: Dirk Hünniger’s Managing Groups and Teams: “Chapter 8: Team Personalities” Link: Wikimedia Commons: Dirk Hünniger’s Managing Groups and Teams (PDF): “Chapter 8: Team Personalities”
 
Instructions: Read Chapter 8 on pages 61-78. This chapter describes personality types and traits that contribute to high performance.
 
Reading this chapter should take approximately 30 minutes.
 
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10.3 Barriers to Effective Teams   - Activity: Principles of Management “Chapter 13, Section 4: Barriers to Effective Teams -Exercises” Link: Principles of Management (PDF): “Chapter 13, Section 4: Barriers to Effective Teams -Exercises”
 
Instructions: Review  the “Barriers to Effective Teams” section on pages 527-529. Answer the questions in the “Exercises” section on page 529.
 
Completing this activity should take approximately 15 minutes.
 
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  • Reading: Wikimedia Commons: Dirk Hünniger’s Managing Groups and Teams: “Chapter 10: Definition of Social Loafing” Link: Wikimedia Commons: Dirk Hünniger’s Managing Groups and Teams (PDF): “Chapter 10: Definition of Social Loafing”
     
    Instructions: Read the “Definition of Social Loafing” section on pages 83-89. This reading describes the social loafing phenomenon and how to confront social loafers.
     
    Reading this chapter should take approximately 15 minutes.
     
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10.4 Building a Team   - Activity: Principles of Management: “Chapter 13, Section 3: Organizing Effective Teams -Exercises” Link: Principles of Management (PDF): “Chapter 13, Section 3: Organizing Effective Teams -Exercises”
 
Instructions: Review the “Organizing Effective Teams” section on pages 524-527. Answer the questions in the “Exercises” section on page 527.
 
Completing this activity should take approximately 30 minutes.
 
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  • Reading: Wikimedia Commons: Dirk Hünniger’s Managing Groups and Teams: “Chapter 2: Creating and Maintaining Team Cohesion” Link: Wikimedia Commons: Dirk Hünniger’s Managing Groups and Teams (PDF): “Chapter 2: Creating and Maintaining Team Cohesion”
     
    Instructions: Read Chapter 2, “Creating and Maintaining Team Cohesion,” on pages 5-13 to learn the definition of team cohesion and the elements that comprise team cohesion. This reading also illustrates good and bad team cohesion.
     
    Reading this chapter should take approximately 30 minutes.
     
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  • Activity: : Chapter 2, "Section 4: Internal Environmental Factors Needed in Team Cohesion Exercise" In the reading above, Chapter 2 of Managing Groups and Teams, you can see several subtopics, such as “Section 2: The Question” or “Section 3: Team Composition.” As you read through the chapter, you may already have seen how such topics apply to your own team. Starting with “Section 4: Internal Environment Factors Needed in Team Cohesion,” write down each subtopic and how it applies in your situation.
     
    If you think you know your team well enough to attempt this exercise with Section 3, “Team Composition,” feel free to do so.
     
    Performing this exercise should take approximately 30 minutes
     

  • Reading: Wikimedia Commons: Dirk Hünniger’s Managing Groups and Teams: “Chapter 6: Team Inclusion” Link: Wikimedia Commons: Dirk Hünniger’s Managing Groups and Teams (PDF): “Chapter 6: Team Inclusion”
     
    Instructions: Read the chapter, “Team Inclusion,” on pages 47-53 to learn how to assemble a team.
     
    Reading this chapter should take approximately 15 minutes.
     
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10.5 Disciplining Your Staff   - Reading: Wikimedia Commons: Dirk Hünniger’s Managing Groups and Teams: “Chapter 17: Discipline” Link: Wikimedia Commons: Dirk Hünniger’s Managing Groups and Teams (PDF): “Chapter 17: Discipline”
 
Instructions: Read Chapter 17, “Discipline,” on pages 123-124.
 
Reading this chapter and taking notes should take approximately 15 minutes.
 
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10.6 New Team Leaders   - Reading: Wikimedia Commons: Dirk Hünniger’s Managing Groups and Teams: “Chapter 13: New Leaders” Link: Wikimedia Commons: Dirk Hünniger’s Managing Groups and Teams (PDF): “Chapter 13: New Leaders”
 
Instructions: Read Chapter 13, “New Leaders,” on pages 111-114; do not read Section 4. This reading covers miscellaneous aspects of team leadership and team building.
 
Reading this chapter should take approximately 15 minutes.
 
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10.7 Developing Your Own Team-Building Skills   - Reading: Principles of Management: “Chapter 13, Section 5: Developing Your Team Skills -Exercises” Link: Principles of Management (PDF): “Chapter 13, Section 5: Developing Your Team Skills -Exercises”
 
Instructions: Review the “Developing Your Team Skills” section on pages 529-530. Answer the questions in the ”Exercises” section on page 530.
 
Completing this activity should take approximately 15 minutes.
 
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  • Assessment: The Saylor Foundation’s “Unit 10 Assessment” Link: The Saylor Foundation’s “Unit 10 Assessment” (HTML)

    Instructions: Complete this assessment to assess your understanding of the topics covered in this unit. The correct answers will be displayed when you click the “Submit” button.

Last Words   A last word about all that you have learned about management: you have mastered concepts that should give you a glimpse into the challenges as well as the satisfaction that can come from being a good manager. Keep in mind that this is just the beginning! A good manager will keep abreast of the latest ideas in management. Along with keeping up with management theory, you will expand your experience and skills as you *involve yourself with new team members and coworkers along with their varied personalities and abilities. Additionally, changes in the organization, in industry, in technology, and even changes in the national and global economy will present a wide range of learning opportunities for you. So, take a moment to congratulate yourself on a job well done in your Saylor coursework! Then take a page from the planning function of the P-O-L-C framework: look ahead to the future and start creating plans and strategies for yourself and your ongoing education.

When you are ready, proceed on to the final exam.*

Final Exam   - Final Exam: The Saylor Foundation's “PRDV203 Final Exam” Link: The Saylor Foundation's “PRDV203 Final Exam”(HTML)
 
Instructions: Log into your Saylor Foundation School account in order to access this exam. If you do not yet have an account, you will be able to create one, free of charge, after clicking the link.