Tuesday, December 9, 2008



Subject – case on “The Team That Wasn’t”
Today, we learnt the importance of a teamwork based on the case “The Team That Wasn’t”. It is regarding the management team that failed repetitively on many occasions to reach the final consensus. One influential person either dominated the group’s discussion or showed no interest on the agenda being discussed in the meeting. Basically, there is no appreciation and acceptance from a person called Randy, Marketing Director, who is considered to be a prospective candidate for next CEO. As a result, all other divisional heads are de- motivated to put forward any suggestions and recommendations for the benefit of the organization because their ideas are dropped to the dust by a single influential person.

Yes, I agree that we should work in a team. A team should consistently work together to achieve higher common goals. However, it is important to remember that the team does not always consist the same person that we expect to have in the team. It is not uncommon to have such black sheep in any team or group. It is not exceptional to have one such person in our real work. It is bound to have different people with different thoughts and attitudes in any organization or work place. It is simple and easier to operate sophisticated complex equipment by following the written instructions than handling a human being with different attitudes and unique characters. Unlike equipment, there is no one formula to easily deal with human being.

In every day of our lives, be it with family, friends or in the work place, we listen and appreciate opinions of different people. It is important to have mutual respect in order to develop cooperation and coordination. At this juncture, a team work plays an important role to work together and collectively achieve higher result which cannot be done by a single person. One can have a group of superstars, but if they do not work well as one unit, chances success is very minimal. The team working as one cohesive unit is going to be the key in our success.