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Chapter 8. Unit summary: Understanding t... > Independent practice activity

Independent practice activity

1: Which of the following questions need to be answered by a team before beginning a meeting?
  1. How long will the meeting last?

  2. Who will preside over the meeting?

  3. Who will attend the meeting?

  4. What is the agenda for the meeting?

2: Special project or task force teams typically consist of members from the same department who are organized to work specifically on a project. True or False?
3: Team sizes can range from two to several dozen people, but teams with eight to ten members are the most common team size found in organizations. True or False?

In the following scene, Jennifer (employee), Sarah (employee), and Brain (employee) are sitting in a conference room and a meeting is underway.

Sarah: (Passing around sheets of paper) After our last meeting, I made an outline of some things I think we all should keep in mind. I listed all of our goals and devised a time line so that we can keep track of our progress to see if we’re on track. What do you think?

Brian: (Skeptically) Actually, I have a question. Do you think that the goal of increasing our monthly sales by 40% is realistic? I think that’s pretty lofty.

Jennifer: (Nodding in agreement) I agree. I think an increase of 25% is much more attainable.

Sarah: (Looking down at her notes) That’s a good point. Maybe we should adjust the goal so it won’t be so hard to reach.

4: Identify the characteristics of the goal set by Sarah for her team. Do you think this goal is a SMART one?
5: Unmotivated team members tend to be late for meetings but always seem to have their assignments done on time. True or False?
6: Which of the following are essential for improving communication skills?
  1. Know what you want to say

  2. Know when to keep silent

  3. Be aware of verbal and nonverbal cues

  4. Voice your concerns immediately

7: Successful communication requires that the person who receives a message interprets it in the same way that it was originally intended. True or False?
8: In consensus decision-making, the alternative that receives the greatest support is chosen. True or False?
9: The four stages of team building are forming, storming, reforming, and conforming. True or False?
10: Teams stay in each stage for the same amount of time. True or False?



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