Six Common Misconceptions about Teamworkâ€. Identify and discuss if and how any of these misconceptions resonate with you. Identify and Describe two misconceptions #1 about Team Culture and the other, #2 about Virtual Teams.
Misperception #1: Harmony helps. Smooth interaction among collaborators avoids time-wasting debates about how best to proceed.
Misperception #2: Itâ€™s good to mix it up. New members bring energy and fresh ideas to a team. Without them, members risk becoming complacent, inattentive to changes in the environment, and too forgiving of fellow membersâ€™ misbehavior.
Misperception #3: Bigger is better. Larger groups have more resources to apply to the work. Moreover, including representatives of all relevant constituencies increases the chances that whatever is produced will be accepted and used.
Misperception #4: Face-to-face interaction is passÃ©. Now that we have powerful electronic technologies for communication and coordination, teams can do their work much more efficiently at a distance.
Misperception #5: It all depends on the leader. Think of a team you have led, or on which you have served, that performed superbly. Now think of another one that did quite poorly. What accounts for the difference between them? If you are like most people, your explanation will have something to do with the personality, behavior, or style of the leaders of those two teams.
Misperception #6: Teamwork is magical. To harvest its many benefits, all one has to do is gather up some really talented people and tell them in general terms what is neededâ€“the team will work out the details.