What has been your experience with advantages in working in teams?

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What has been your experience with advantages in working in teams? Disadvantages? What have you found is the key to effective teams?

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There are many advantages of teamwork. When more minds set on a specific goal, more ideas can be generated. Quality innovation is possible when we give importance to others perspective. We get a support from the team members which boosts our confidence and performance. Good teams make the most of individual talents. Where one member may be weak, another might be strong and working together they provide the perfect resource for an organization. The more people work together, the more they learn and step away to become better workers in their own jobs. Teams can create better communication and respectful relationships among employees.

For every advantage of working in a team, there is the flip side. If there are too many people, too many ideas, then often it becomes difficult to come to a conclusion easily. It delays performance and crucial decision making becomes hard. When people can’t leave their egos behind, conflict and resentment arises. People become unwilling to open their minds to other perspectives and are intent on either forcing their point of view or not cooperating with others. The more conflict, the less innovation, the farther the team gets from implementation and meeting goals. While a team has the potential to boost up the individual members, if it is not functioning properly it can make some members feel inferior and unimportant. They contribute less and are discouraged from accessing their strong qualities. Relationships and communication worsens. The team is unsuccessful and the individuals leave the team before even finishing the task. 

Teams should know exactly what they’re doing, why they’re doing it, and who’s responsible. This helps the team to meet deadlines, reach their milestones. Those without any planning beforehand spin in circles, waste time, and lose steam. The team members must share the responsibility. Otherwise the task will not be get done. the members of the team should respect each other's point of view. This will help them solve any critical problem within the time limit and with maximum efficiency. These qualities can make an effective team. 

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