Team DiversityVanessa Armendariz, Francesca Brown, Cameron Reid,Aprielle Salinas and Steve SimpsonCJA/444November 3, 2014Reginald Grigsby
Running head: TEAM DIVERSITY
Team DiversityTeam DiversityHigh performance is a key focal point for numerous agencies and organizations in view of the fact that groups and teams are becoming common in many types of industries. A high level of performance builds up the foundation for groups/teams in the present day work force. The compilation of dexterity, wisdom, and skill that a group of diverse people can offer an organization exceeds the need for individuality in certain areas and work-loads. From problem solving to innovation, companies have put their faith in the high performance teams to help them become more efficient and accelerated. It is important for individuals to understand how a group of people can become a high performance team. Learning the impact that high performance teams have as well as the characteristics and behavior that they possess will help companies become more resourceful by utilizing and promoting a diverse team building atmosphere. By understanding that dynamics of your team you will be able to capitalize on the skills that they bring and you will be able to build on a foundation that is made up of different bricks, but have the same goal of building a solid house.While the dynamics of a group may change or vary the attributes of a successful high performance team or environment is unwavering. It is important to understand that many common issues can arise in any team or group situation. One must be open and willing to embrace change for the creative development of any team. Behind a successful team there are key elements that are prevalent. A high performance team needs a participative leadership, whether formal or implied. There has to be shared responsibility through which team members realize their value. A team needs to understand why they are being brought together, and what purpose they serve. There must be an environment of clear, open, and abundant communication if a team wishes to maintain its high performance standard (Roach n.d.). Because a team can be extremely diverse with members from every facet of life, it lacks the luxury of being threatened by change or growth. A clear focus on the task at hand should be the focus of every team member, and the team itself should ensure that its focus is to maximize the talents of all members. While no one attribute is greater than another, comprehending the concept that no single individual member is more important than the team as a whole, is the core fundamental of a successful high performance team.A team's attributes are essential components when looking at its functionality. For a team to function successfully the team members need a working understanding of its dynamics. The attributes need not only be stated, but each member must see the relevance to realize the importance. It is through this...