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Exercises

1: In the following scene, Amy (employee), Jennifer (employee), Brian (employee), Matt (employee), and Jeff (manager) are gathered around a table in a conference room. The meeting is already in progress.

Jeff:(Enthusiastic and glancing at the others) Now that we have our goals for the upcoming quarter all planned out, does anyone have any more questions?

Amy:(Puzzled) Actually, I have a question. Is there going to be a leader for this team? Or do we each do our own thing?

Jeff: (Explaining) As a matter of fact, this is going to be a self-directed team, which basically means there won’t be an appointed leader, so you’ll all be in charge. Everyone will share responsibilities and be held accountable for how well we perform.

Why did Jeff decide to have a self-directed team in this situation?

Discuss the differences between a traditional team and an SDW team. In today’s context which type of team do you think is more efficient?

2: Team members of both traditional and self-directed work teams are held accountable for completion of team goals. True or False?




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