Building your Dream Team American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees guide to Team Dynamics
Presenters • Sara Tarango M.Ed • Residence Hall Director – University of North Texas • Joshua Barnhart • Residence Hall Director – University of North Texas
Learning Objectives • Learn to lead a team through group expectation setting • Establish culture of team accountability • Learn theory about how become strong and high-functioning • Learn to respect differences and see them as strengths • Learn to leverage those strengths to maximize your team dynamics
Mentors and Mentee • Mentoring is an effective method of helping inexperienced individuals develop and progress in their profession. • The keys to establishing a successful mentoring relationship include: • Trust, clearly defined roles and responsibilities, establishing short/long term goals, open and supportive communication, and collaboratively solving problems • Benefits: • Mentees are able to learn and grow under the mentor's guidance. • Mentees are able to experiment with creative solutions to problems within a safe and supportive environment. • Mentees become stronger and more intentional in their teaching.
What traits make up your Dream Team? Text 218656 to 22333 and then your answers
What traits make up your Scream Team? Text 218739 to 22333 and then your answers
Pair Up with your Mentor/Mentee • Pair share what traits you want to focus on getting better at • Pair share what traits you want to focus on avoiding • Pick a date later in the semester to check in with your partner
The Life of a Team • Bruce Tuckman’s (1965) Model of Group Development • Forming • Storming • Norming • Performing
Forming • The team meets and learns about the opportunities and challenges, and then agrees on goals and begins to tackle the tasks. • Team members tend to behave quite independently. • Team members are usually on their best behavior but very focused on themselves. • Mature team members begin to model appropriate behavior even at this early phase.
Storming • participants form opinions about the character and integrity of the other participants and feel compelled to voice these opinions if they find someone shirking responsibility or attempting to dominate. Sometimes participants question the actions or decision of the leader as the expedition grows harder. • Disagreements and personality clashes must be resolved before the team can progress out of this stage, and so some teams may never emerge from ‘Storming’ or re-enter that phase if new challenges or disputes arise • Some groups may avoid the phase altogether, but for those who don't, the duration, intensity and destructiveness of the "storms" can be varied
Norming • Resolved disagreements and personality clashes result in greater intimacy, and a spirit of co-operation emerges • This happens when the team is aware of competition and they share a common goal. In this stage, all team members take the responsibility and have the ambition to work for the success of the team's goals
Performing • With group norms and roles established, group members focus on achieving common goals, often reaching an unexpectedly high level of success • The team members are now competent, autonomous and able to handle the decision-making process without supervision • Dissent is expected and allowed as long as it is channeled through means acceptable to the team.
Activity #2 • Einstein's riddle • The situation • There are 5 houses in five different colors. • In each house lives a person with a different nationality. • These five owners drink a certain type of beverage, smoke a certain brand of cigar and keep a certain pet. • No owners have the same pet, smoke the same brand of cigar or drink the same beverage. • The question is: Who owns the fish?
Who owns the fish? • the Norwegian lives in the first house • the man who smokes blends lives next to the one who keeps cats • the man who keeps horses lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill • the owner who smokes BlueMaster drinks beer • the German smokes Prince • the Norwegian lives next to the blue house • the man who smokes blend has a neighbor who drinks water • the Brit lives in the red house • the Swede keeps dogs as pets • the Dane drinks tea • the green house is on the left of the white house • the green house's owner drinks coffee • the person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds • the owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill • the man living in the center house drinks milk • the Brit lives in the red house
Debrief • What stage were you working from? • What went well? • What went poorly? • Who took the lead? • What roll did you assume? • Who worked independently? • Did anyone draw? • Was everyone able to give input? • Leaders how were you supported? • Did anyone disagree with the group? • Were you a successful team? • How did you set your teammates up for success? • What would you do differently?
Presenters • Sara Tarango M.Ed– Sara.Tarango@unt.edu • Community Director – University of North Texas • Joshua Barnhart – Joshua.Barnhart@unt.edu • Community Director – University of North Texas