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Teams are a part of everyone's life. You're a member of a family team, an extension staff team, and church, school, and community teams. As a result, there is a need for teamwork; organisations are confronted with increasingly complex problems with many dimensions. For example, the energy problem has implications for extension programming in agriculture, family living, community development and youth development programs for both rural and urban people. (Dyer, 1997 p. 139) So it's appropriate that people try to understand how to function effectively as team members.

2.1 Teamwork …
Merriam Webster dictionary (2005) describes teamwork as work done by several associates with each... View More »

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At a minimum, it's important for individual staff members to realize the benefits of teamwork and to have a commitment toward working together. Without such elements, further team development will be less likely to occur. Conflict, a natural part of the development process, will overpower or dominate the situation, preventing the team from ever reaching its full potential. (Belbin, 1993)

2.4 How groups develop
From Tuckman's forming-storming-norming-performing-adjourning model (1965 cited Bloisi, Cook, Hunsaker 2003) we understand that as the team develops maturity and ability, relationships establish, and the leader changes leadership style. Beginning with a directing style, moving through coaching, then participating, finishing delegating and almost detached. With a positive attitude toward team efforts, and with increased opportunity and time to practice teamwork skills, staff members can develop as an effective working team, and consequently have greater impact in facing problems. Tuckman’s Model
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(Source: Bruce Tuckman original forming-storming-norming-performing concept, Alan Chapman review and code 1995-2005)
2.5 Team Roles
Belbin (1981) found that for a group to be effective there are eight necessary roles which ideally would be spread evenly among the team. These were known as the co-ordinator, the shaper, the plant, the monitor-evaluator, the resource-investigator, the implementer, the team worker, and the finisher. (Cited in Bloisi et al, 2003 p. 394) Later on Belbin acknowledged a ninth person who joins on a volunteer basis, a ...

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