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Business communication developing leaders for a network world 2nd CHAPTER 3

Team
Communication
and Difficult
Conversations
Chapter 3


Chapter Overview
Principles of team communication
Approaches to effective meetings
Effective virtual teams
Group writing strategies
Handling difficult conversations

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Most Common Functions of Teams
Handling special projects
Completing the work of particular departments
Developing internal systems innovations

Creating customer-service innovations
Developing product innovations
Engaging in employee development
Reducing time to market for products and services
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Barriers to Team Effectiveness
Ineffective communication
Lack of effective chartering and goal setting
Lack of clarity and goal setting
Low morale
Low productivity
Lack of trust

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Frustrating Aspects of Being Part of a
Team for Business Professionals
Ineffective use of meeting time
Ineffective communication among team
members
Lack of accountability
Individuals who don’t complete assignments
Lack of preparation in meetings

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Principles of Effective Team Communication
 Teams should focus first and foremost on
performance
 Teams go through four natural stages to reach
high performance
 Effective teams build a work culture around
values, norms, and goals
 Effective teams meet often - schedule

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Principles of Effective Team Communication
 Effective teams embrace differing viewpoints
and conflict.
 Effective teams find out the communication
styles and preferences of one another
 Effective teams provide a lot of positive
feedback and evaluate their performance often
 Effective teams feel a common sense of
purpose
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Stages of Development in
High-Performance Teams
Figure 3.1

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Stages of Development in
High-Performance Teams
Forming stage
Team members focus
on gaining acceptance
and avoiding conflict
Define mission –
Mission Statement

Storming stage
Team members open
up with their
competing ideas
about how the team
should approach work

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Stages of Development in
High-Performance Teams
Norming stage
The team arrives at a
work plan, including
the roles, goals, and
accountabilities –
Team Norms

Performing stage
Teams operate
efficiently toward
accomplishing their
goals

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Principles of Effective Team Communication
Team culture
refers to a set of shared perceptions and
commitment to collective values, norms, roles,
responsibilities, and goals.

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Principles of Effective Team Communication
Team charter
provides direction to
the team in how it
functions to meet
shared objectives.

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Embracing Differing Viewpoints
Inherent diversity
involves traits such as
age, gender, ethnicity,
and sexual
orientation.

Acquired diversity
involves traits you
acquire through
experience, such as
customer service
experience, retail
experience, or
engineering
experience

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Behaviors that Drive Diversity
1. Making sure everyone is heard;
2. Making it safe to let team members express
3.
4.
5.
6.

novel ideas;
Giving team members decision-making
authority;
Sharing credit;
Giving useful feedback
Putting feedback into action.

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Embracing Differing Viewpoints
Disassociation
process by which
professionals accept
critique of their ideas
without taking it
personally and
becoming defensive

Association
psychological bonding
that occurs between
people and their ideas

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Planning for Meetings:
Essential Questions
What is the purpose of the meeting? What
outcomes do I expect?
Who should attend?
When should the meeting be scheduled?
What roles and responsibilities should people
at the meeting have?

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Planning for Meetings:
Essential Questions
What will be the agenda?
What materials should I distribute prior to the
meeting?
When and how should I invite others?
What logistical issues do I need to take care of
(reserving rooms, getting equipment, printing
materials)?
PAL
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Least Productive Parts
of the Workday
Figure 3.5

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Types of Meetings
Coordination
meetings
primarily focus on
discussing roles,
goals, and
accountabilities.

Problem-solving
meetings
typically involve
brainstorming about
how to address and
solve a particular
work problem.

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Creating and Distributing
the Agenda
Agendas provide structure for meetings
Most agendas should include:
items to be covered
time frames
goals and/or expected outcomes
Roles
materials needed.

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Creating and Distributing
the Agenda
Figure 3.6
Sample Meeting Agenda

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Running Effective Meetings
Create Tradition, Culture, and Variety
Set Expectations and Follow the Agenda
Encourage Participation and Expression of Ideas
Build Consensus and a Plan of Action
Closing the Meeting
Dealing with Difficult People
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Closing the Meeting
All participants reflect:
How much information, analysis, and interpretation
did I provide?
Did I communicate my ideas even if they conflicted
with someone else’s?
Did I participate in the implementation of the
timeline? Did I meet deadlines?
Did I facilitate the decision-making process? Or did I
just go with the flow?

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Following Up After Meetings
Follow up by
distributing the
minutes of the
meeting
Memo, email, team
blog

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Following Up After Meetings
Figure 3.7
Sample Meeting
Minutes

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