Team task 1

Team Dynamics
Jon Boyes
Curriculum and Work-Related Learning Officer
Team Dynamics
Learning outcomes
• Explain the difference between a group and a
team, and identify the characteristics of an
effective team
• Gain an overview of key models of team
development and team roles
• Develop a greater awareness of their own role as
a team-player and value differences in other
team members
• Identify strategies for building effective teams
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Characteristics of teams
Shared identity
Shared goals and objectives
Structured patterns of communication and interaction
Consider themselves to be a team
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Team task 1: Bridge building challenge
Construct the longest
paper-based bridge using
only the paper supplied.
Bridge can be supported
at two points only.
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Tuckman’s team development model
Developmental Sequence in Small groups.
(Bruce Tuckman, 1965)
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Team task 2: Floating stick challenge
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Floating stick challenge - reflection
What improved team performance?
• Focus on team goal vs personal failure
• Leadership – who was guiding your team’s efforts?
• Communication before and during task
• Strategy – how to achieve the goal e.g.
Linking arms, touching fingers
Counting down
Following a ‘lead finger’
Reflection and refinement
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Honey’s team roles
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NASA moon survival challenge
Work on the
problem but…
Be conscious of
your role and
that of others
whilst you work
on it.
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Lost at sea challenge
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Survival scoring
0 - 25
26 - 32
33 - 45
46 - 55
56 - 70
71 - 112
Very poor
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Key factors for effective teams
Leadership (and particularly leadership style)
Improving team comms, reinforcing identity, clear task
focus and clear roles
Self awareness [your own role, strengths and
weaknesses etc.] and modifying your behaviour
accordingly for the well being of the team is key, and
highly valued by employers
Team Dynamics
Jon Boyes
Curriculum and Work-Related Learning Officer

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