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PM/U2 Topic 3 Roles, Responsibility and Teamwork

In the effort to boost work productivity and improve work relationships, businesses and corporations are dreaming to create empowered teams as working units for their companies. In line with these efforts, task delegation and accountability become more diffused as teams are created within a company. As a result, the lines of accountability may become more obscured.

To ensure that our team’s tasks are done and that responsible persons are focused in working for a project, we still need to keep in mind that accountability is needed as a shared responsibility for the collective output that the team is required to achieve. Having the mentality that the result of a task is a sum of the entire team’s effort will help us maintain good team behavior.

Roles & Responsibilities of Effective Teamwork

Crafting an effective team is in some ways comparable to preparing a gourmet meal. While it’s vital to start with the right workers, or ingredients, it’s also vital to to put them together in the right way. A team cannot thrive without its members all having the roles and responsibilities that suit them the best.

(i) Leadership Role: When you build a team, it often works well to start with the core of it — the leader. Without a leader to guide the rest of the members, a team has no foundation to stand on. Leaders serve as the backbone of teams, from their roles in specifying goals and setting up work sessions and meetings to keeping an eye on goal advancement. The objective of a team leader is establish an atmosphere conducive to success, where all of the members are 100 percent certain about what’s going on and what they should be working on.

(ii) Creative Director Role: A source of creative energy is vital for the success of any team. This individual doesn’t have to be equipped with an easel or a paintbrush, either. Every team has to have someone in charge of thinking about and introducing fresh new concepts. This prevents stunted development, keeps teams constantly thinking about enhancements and helps maintain a forward-moving energy for everyone involved. The welcoming of improvements is essential for teamwork achievement. If something doesn’t appear to be working for a team, a creative director can shift the focus to another approach. If team communication seems to be lacking, a creative director might be able to suggest bi-weekly newsletters, for example.

(iii) Networker Role: One key responsibility on a team is that of a networker. A team networker often works outside of the team in checking out potential new openings. If a team needs to find a suitable work space to conduct their weekly sessions, it’s up to the networker to make that a reality. Networking aficionados often have can-do, determined attitudes and plenty of social skills.

(iv) Secretary Role: Strong organization is the foundation for the efficient functioning of a team, and this is where the role and responsibilities of a secretary come in. When teams brainstorm together and discuss plans, ideas and necessary tweaks, a secretary has to be on hand to clearly and precisely log everything. This allows team members to go back to the notes at later times in case they missed any essential pieces of information.

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