Team Intervention Essay
Introduction.Statement of the Problem.
In every team, there has to be conflicts. The conflicts require interventions. These interventions could come in different forms which are aimed and designed at increasing factors that enhance team dynamics, effectiveness and/or productivity. The interventions are also aimed at eliminating/reducing factors that hinder team synergy, effectiveness and/or productivity (Stuart, 2004). All these factors are aimed towards the same goal as it shall be discussed in the main body of the research paper.Scope and Limitation of the Research paper. This research paper shall addresses the factors that enhance team dynamics, effectiveness and team productivity. It is limited to the Duplex FC team because it is where the various adverse team problems have been seen and experienced.
The research shall have the limitation of not being able to fix the problems but will address the problems. It will therefore be the prerogative of the team and its management to fix the problems as it shall be suggested by this paper. Besides, the paper will be limited to the problems, concerns and the issues affecting the team.
Main Body.A brief description of the group/Team. Duplex football club is the team that has been selected for the project.
This team is found in the outskirts of Mississippi. The football teams is made of thirty two players and six members of the technical staff. It boasts of a net wealth of about $20 million including assets and players. The team has been selected for the project because it has conflicts and problems that actually need to be addressed. Despite the net worth of the team, it still maintained poor results.A Brief explanation of why the Team was chosen. Duplex FC is the best choice for the project because it has the ideal problems that the research paper is aiming at addressing. The team is experiencing a couple of problems.
The problems are experienced in the management of the team, the team’s performance, the sudden transfer of players from the team in search for greener pastures and the overall team spirit (Bringsrud, 2004). It can be argued that many teams experience problems and conflicts within and without but duplex is a good example of where such problems have really taken center stage. The team does not perform to the expected standards irrespective of the so much input that the owners of the team have made. There are many teams that do not have such financing standing ans status but are performing better that expected.Description of the Initial concern/challenge. The team is facing a lot of challenges in its day to day management. Question are being asked time after time about the team.
It is true that problems are part of life but why should a team face all these problems? What exactly is the problem with the team? Is it the management? Is it the players themselves? If so, what is the reason behind all this? Is it morale? Is it lack of motivation from the management? Is it lack of better pay from the owners of the team? All these questions motivated the research to be done on the team (Bringsrud, 2004).Description of the process recommended to assess the group. A questionnaire will be drafted specifically to address the concerns and issues in question. It will include all the questions addressed to the players, the technical team, the owners of the team and also the supporters of the team. Besides, special interviews shall be used in fonding out the basis of the issues being experienced by the team. This exercise will take a period of three to four months so as to give ample time to the respondents to give their views about the same.
Findings/major themes surfaced from the assessment process. From the assessment that was done relating to the issues and concerns of the team, findings were drawn and major issues were raised by the people who responded to the questionnaires and the interviews. It came out clear that the management of the team was in doubt, that is the players did not have faith in the management. The team’s managers were only interested in their own desires and not those of the players. As a result, it led to a lot of animosity between the players and the management. This led to frustrations to the players and also lack of morale and psyche to perform. The players could just for competitions with an attitude that even if they lost, they were not playing for themselves but for the money. There was a lot of sabbortage and insubordination from the players towards the technical bench (Myers, 1997).
Findings also revealed that the players were not being paid enough allowances whenever they tournaments and competitions. The money was being taken away by the management. The owners of the team would give out money but the players would not get it. This discouraged the players to an extend of some of them leaving the club for better clubs.
There was also the problem of lack of motivation from the management. Players have to be motivated in order for them to perform and give results (Huberman, 1994). The team had gone for years without any major trophies despite them having access to better facilities that other teams. This was pointed out by the players including those who left the club for other clubs. Discipline and team spirit lacked in the team (Myers, 1997). This was pointed out by the supporters and the management team, but one wonders the work of the management organ of the team if they could not address the problem of disciple and team spirit.
Players lacked manners and could do anything with the intention of getting fired so that they could join other clubs. They were under contract and could not just leave without discussing the contracts.Intervention strategies to address the team’s challenges and concerns. The first strategy that has been agreed upon is to hold meetings with the management of the club and discuss the problems facing the club.
This would give the management the picture that actually the world has seen that there exists a problem that requires to be solved. The management will be give the mandate to propose ways and methods of dealing with the problems affecting the team. After the meeting with the clubs technical team, the players will also be met. Their views and opinions will be heard and taken into consideration. The players will also be given the chance to propose ways of dealing with the club’s problems in order to forge a way forward.
Supporters of the team will also be contacted so as to collect their views concerning the issues. All these opinions, views, suggestions and recommendations from the various parties will be put together, analyzed and synthesized to come up with reasonable recommendations (Myers, 1997). Strategies for intervention will be mostly advisory. The management will be advised on how to apply better management skills in managing of their teams.
Skills such as good communication skills, leadership skills, problem solving skills among others shall be addressed with the aim of alleviating the problems in the team. Classes will be conducted in order to instill a sense of discipline, team work, hard work and other virtues of enhancing team dynamics, effectiveness and productivity. The classes will be for both the players and the management so that they can see the essence of operating as one team. Besides, the team will also be subjected to a lot of exposures in order for them to see how other clubs operate and work as a team (Ralabate, 2002). This will be very important in that it will expose the players to the outside world and be able to experience what other clubs go through, how they deal with their domestic problems, how players are treated, how morale is instilled to the players and so forth.
This is viewed as a good method of intervention.Methods to be employed to evaluate the effectiveness of the Intervention. After the intervention is done, there are methods that will be used in the evaluation of how effective the interventions have been.
Again, the parties involved with the team will be revisited. Questionnaires and interviews will be conducted to find out the level of improvement of the team (Merenbloom, 1991). The questionnaires will ask questions that will answer issues such as; if there is any improvement in the discipline of the players, if the management has developed new ways of managing the team, if the players’ allowances have been improved, if the players are being treated in the required way and manner, if the performance of the team has improved or otherwise among other reasonable questions to both the players and the technical management team. Interviews will also be conducted in a manner that will bring out the true position of the team. The owners of the team will be interviewed to give the real picture of the team and to compare with that of the team before the intervention. Players as well will be given the chance to express their opinions. These interviews will be private and confidential so that no victimizations are done by the management of the team. Observations will also be employed in the determination of the effectiveness of the intervention.
Team work and team spirit including results can easily be seen even without carrying out interviews. Performance in terms of results will be an indicator of where there has been some improvement or not. For any team, performance is an indicator of success. Performance and success will always go hand in hand (Ralabate, 2002).Factors that contribute to Team Performance. There are many factors that are attributed to a team’s performance.
Such factors include; the ability to work as a team, discipline of the parties involved in the team, team spirit, team dedication, the spirit of hard work, analytical skills by the management, problem solving skills by the management as well as good communication skills (Peterson, 2000). These factors are crucial in that without these, there can be no good results and team cohesion. For a team/group to perform effectively, it has to embrace these factors as they are the foundations/pillars of success. Effectiveness, dynamism and productivity are aspects that are enhanced by the above mentioned factors. These are what drives a team to excellence. There pillars of a successful team.
The main goal of a team is to get results. Inasmuch as there are many factors contributing to the success of a team, there are those that are very vital to the success of a team (the pillars of a team). These pillars are proactiveness, shared accountability, positiveness, trust, communication, common goals and communication. These pillars dictate what a team will look like whether or not it embraces them.
A good and successful team is that which incorporates all or almost all of these pillars in their curriculum (Peterson, 2000). A successful team goes out of its way to make things happen and dos not wait for permission for them to execute some things. The team finds it tricky to sit back and just give excuses instead of going ahead to make it happen. In the same vein, a team becomes successful when it delivers and puts their efforts and time on results delivery.
Positive attitude and drive works well for a team that is pertinent about success and positive results. Collective responsibility on the other hand is what brings a team together as they have common goals and objectives. In case a team fails to perform, intervention is necessary as it sorts out the various issues and problems related to the team.
Factors that hinder productivity. There are also other factors that hinder excellence and productivity. Such include; laziness, lack of team spirit, lack of hard work, lack of positive drive and attitude towards work, lack of good managerial skills, lack of morale and psyche towards work, bad intentions as well as the ‘ I do not care attitude’ (Merenbloom, 1991). These are attitudes that should be done away with in order for a team to realize better performance.Conclusion. The importance of intervention whenever there is a crisis can easily be seen.
When a team is facing a crisis in terms of issues and challenges, intervention is always very necessary for the team. It has been proved that all the teams and groups that have faced problems and challenges before, and have sort interventions, have always come out successful and their problems sorted out. It will be very inappropriate for a team to encounter problems and just keep to themselves without seeking intervention. It is on this basis that Duplex Football Club was able to sort out their differences and problems and as a result, they got back to their winning ways. Interventions could take various forms as mentioned in the body of the research paper. All these ways are aimed at solving the problems encountered in the day to day life situations. Is is upon the intervening body or organ to come up with the most appropriate way or method as they deem fit.
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