April 15, 2007

week 13 group 3

After doing the readings, we had our vt meeting and discussed conflict among groups. We talked about different issues that we have had, personally regarding conflict. A lot of it surrounds time issues because we are all really busy. Personal conflict however has not been a problem, everyone seems to get along. Honesty was a really important part of our team’s strategy to avoid conflict. This is because the truth may hurt but that is how we get better. If someone has a difference in opinion then the others listen. Integrity also is an important part. This is because if you can’t trust your team members to be upstanding and credible; then problems can arise.
We have a majority of extroverts on our team. We have two members that have sensing types and two that have intuition. The majority of our team also is very perceiving. This make us get along better because we all know the work will get done. We are able to be organized but at the same time take our time. This way the final projects are better. We have an even number of thinkers and feelers, which is a good thing because people can relate to at least one member of the group on different issues. It creates balance. Balance is the key to getting team processes done. Since we have such a variety of members of different function pairs it allows members to do the things they like. I feel though that since everyone was extroverts (Peter was at 10 to 11) the group interacted very well.
I do not feel like any member was left out. I think that every team member was given a chance to offer their input. Peter is a little bit older than us, but I think people reacted to this in a positive way. That also may be why he chose to be an introvert. But he has offered a lot of wisdom so I do know when he says something, the group knows to listen.

Group 2, Week 13

This week was a very busy week for everyone in our group. A few members in our group discussed the readings for this week along with the different personality types. Its seems as though our group is half and half Introverts and Extroverts. This maybe why some people in our group don't start discussions with in the group, until someone else first sends out an email. Its seems as though we are all sensing personalities which really helps when it comes to analyzing situations as a group. I the third catagory, some are thinking and some are feeling. This could be why we were clashing some when trying to decide what our company was going to be for the final project. And finally we are all Perceiving personalities, which really isn't too good when it comes to this class because it does take alot of group work. If everyone procrastinates, nothing will ever get done.

Our goup had also been working on the final project for the week. We have the first two sections done. A couple of members were planning on getting together at one time this week to discuss the project, however schedules didn't match up, and nothing much got done on the project this week.

Group members did not discuss the chapters in the book this week

April 14, 2007

Group 4

Our personality types:
Heather – IN F/T J
Rocky - ESTJ
Jack - ESTP
John - ISTP
Brian – IS T/F P

Q1. How diverse or similar are the MBTI types of each member on your team?
We have 3 introverts and 2 extroverts, 4 sensing and 1 intuitive, all thinking (2 of us are equal T/F), and 3 perceiving and 2 judging. We are all different which makes for a dynamic team, yet we still have some similarities which makes us not clash completely.

Q2. Which of the function pairs have more representation on the team and which have less or none? How might this be impacting team processes?
We have 4 STs and 1 NT. (But keep in mind there are the 2 equal F/Ts). This means that we all have similar ways of dealing with conflict, which is good because we don’t really argue and we resolve our conflicts well. This is also probably why we do have a pretty coherent team. Since these function pairs are similar we work well together and maybe even kind of intuitively understand our team member’s work and communication styles.

Q3. Is anyone on the team the "odd man out?" How has the team handled this?

The only “odd man out? we have is me (Heather) as the only N. This means that I see the big picture more than individual parts, think about new possibilities, trust impressions and “read between the lines.? My team members on the other hand are S’s, which mean they look at the facts, trust experience, and look to the bottom line. This is actually really helpful for our team because Rocky, Brian, Jack, and John are all good about getting individual tasks done when they are due, and kind of working on the project piece by piece. I help to remind our team of the whole project and try to bring fresh ideas.

Our personality types are actually a good combination and mesh well together as a team.

Group 1 - Week 13

Every team working towards a common goal has experienced some sort of conflict. Conflicts are important obstacles teams must resolve to efficiently meet their team’s goal. A clash can cause an entire group to become dysfunctional, which ultimately put a burden on cohesiveness, productivity, and agreement. Groups that experience disagreements must identify the source of the problem and address the issue to correct group cooperation. All problems that occur during a group’s process need to be evaluated and assessed by the team to insure goals are kept and communication is adequate.
The MBTI types of group one is very diverse. Not one member shares the same MBTI type as another group member. Here are the MBTI types for the members of group 1: Turry (E N F J), Slava (E N F P), Callie (E N T J), William (E S T J), Rachel (E S F J), and Urban (I S T P). Our group is pretty much split down the middle in every personality type except the introvert and extrovert aspect. Urban is the only member on our team that is an introvert, which keeps us open minded and not so fast acting. Introvert is the only function pair that is not commonly represented within our team. This might be influencing the process by the way certain members direct their energy and attention. Extraverts work better by talking problems out with other members, while introverts work better alone. In a VT, extraverts might have a more difficult time with the group process because of the lack of communication or limited relationships in the team. No one in group 1 is the “odd man out.? The past few weeks our group has struggled with communication and cooperation. I will not point the finger or label and group member as the direct cause, but as the semester progresses the group should become stronger, instead of slightly falling apart.

April 13, 2007

Week 13 Team 5 - MBTI

Hello, we're Team 5 and here are our Myers-Briggs personality types:
(E = Extrovert, I = Introvert; S = Sensing, N = Intuition; T = Thinking, F = Feeling; J = Judging, P = Perceiving)

Alison - ESFJ
Nina - ESTJ
Joe - ISTJ
Lam - ENTJ
Ginger - ENTP

Here are the following questions for Week 13 Journal Blog:
Q1. How diverse or similar are the MBTI types of each member on your team?
A1: We mostly share E's, J's, and T's. Less are the I, 2 N's, F, and P.
How we saw what influences our MBTI types are influences such as: mood, reaction, or influences around your daily life.

Q2. Which of the function pairs have more representation on the team and which have less or none? How might this be impacting team processes?
A3: There are 2 NT, 2 ST, and 1 SF.
We are a bit different and we balance each other out some members agree that if we all were the same, we
would argue more with each other. We possiblly may have different ideas on just the bigger picture or the finer details.

Q3. Is anyone on the team the "odd man out?" How has the team handled this?
A3: No one is really the "odd man out" and we haven't really gotten into an argument yet. We haven't really had anyone on our team to be the "silent one" either. So we're pretty good to go.

April 10, 2007

Group 1 Week 12

This week as a group we discussed leadership traits, whether you are born with it or learned from experince. Additionally we spent most of our time working on the project. Planning and organizing the timeline along with assigning roles and duties. The most intense portion was setting a realistic timeline, where goals can be met before the deadline. Being that it's virtual and not FtF it took a little time to get each others feedback on assigning roles and feedback from members. We decided that it would be best to complete the project early that way if there are any conflicts with technology, formating, and layout it can all be addressed. We also decided that we will send each other emails updating on the processes along with progress and or difficulties that we are facing so everyone is updated.

April 8, 2007

Group 4, Week 12

As a group, we met on Tuesday night of this week to discuss the final project. We talked about when we were planning on working on it and when we would be finishing the project. We also talked about what parts the project would be divided up into as well as who would be responsible for each part. This project is going to take a lot of good teamwork as well as leadership. Our team has very assertive members that are responsible so that we have a good gameplan thought out for this project. We also will be having reminders for everyone until the project is completed just in case they are needed. We are looking forward to bringing together a project that lives up to our full potential as a cohesive virtual team.

April 7, 2007

group2, week12

We have discussed two main thing this week. First we talked about leadership traits and whether its born with or learned. Secondly, in our group we have discussed our project. we have set deadlines in which we want to finish our project. We decided that we need to finish our project no later than Aoril 23th. TO achieve that we assigned assignements among ourselves.

April 6, 2007

Group 3, Week 12

This week our group met on-line and discussed our timeline for the final project. In addition, we discussed and assigned specific tasks to each member. Some members spoke up right away, telling us their strengths and what sections they would like to do. This shows we have many leaders in our group that are willing to help the team with what they can. You can tell we all respect and trust everyone in the team. You have to definitely have that trust when you have to get a huge project/presentation prepared like we have to. We have to trust people will get their parts done by the deadlines we set. Kirkpatrick’s Leadership Article was what we read for this week. That article touched on the six traits how leaders differ. It also went over the power motives that are socialized and personalized. Honesty and Integrity were other key terms in the article and the significance of them is what was looked at. Kirkpatrick felt that these two qualities are what need to be involved in leadership. We had a class discussion this week on whether honesty and integrity are important. Our team seemed to feel that integrity was more important in leadership than honesty. Lastly, we found out how important leadership is especially on virtual teams. Virtual teams need leadership to stay connected and organized.

Group 3, Week 12

This week our group met on-line and discussed our timeline for the final project. In addition, we discussed and assigned specific tasks to each member. Some members spoke up right away, telling us their strengths and what sections they would like to do. This shows we have many leaders in our group that are willing to help the team with what they can. You can tell we all respect and trust everyone in the team. You have to definitely have that trust when you have to get a huge project/presentation prepared like we have to. We have to trust people will get their parts done by the deadlines we set. Kirkpatrick’s Leadership Article was what we read for this week. That article touched on the six traits how leaders differ. It also went over the power motives that are socialized and personalized. Honesty and Integrity were other key terms in the article and the significance of them is what was looked at. Kirkpatrick felt that these two qualities are what need to be involved in leadership. We had a class discussion this week on whether honesty and integrity are important. Our team seemed to feel that integrity was more important in leadership than honesty. Lastly, we found out how important leadership is especially on virtual teams. Virtual teams need leadership to stay connected and organized.

April 5, 2007

Week 12, Group 5

This week we did a lot of decision making about our semester project. After looking at the leadership notes we were able to use some of that information while we were making the choices we did, even if we didn't realize we were using those leadership qualities. Everyone was able to step up and give their input and I think that it really showed how we all trust one another to be able to complete parts of the project when they are supposed to be. Also, we also learned the importance of how leaders are in virtual teams. They have to know their boundaries, and be able to help the group members along the way. One good thing that our group followed was that we were constantly reinforcing our plans along the way during our discussion which was a good sign of using virtual leadership. That way we all felt apart of everything and nobody was left out. Having people feel left out would make the group morale fall because some people might not feel like they are needed, making sure that didn’t happen was something that was very important to us. We learned this week that it’s not only important to set up the trust when you are leading, but to also keep the trust. I think that our group has been doing a great job with this and we’ve been doing it all long even before we knew it was something important to keep an eye on. Everyone is sharing the leadership role in our group so I think that as we talked about some of the strategies it was easier for everyone to understand them because we all sort of felt like they were a part of something they have already been doing.
To go along with what we did this week, we created a timeline of what needs to be done and when. We have everyone’s role all set out and everyone is aware of what is expected of them and when it needs to be completed. Being thorough on our discussion really helped everyone understand what was going on and apart of the group. We all have important parts to complete and everyone is being trusted to do the best of their ability. We have some leaders who have stepped up to help others too incase they need some extra help along the way. Cooperation is a big part of how we use leadership on this team as well.

April 2, 2007

Group 5, Week 11

Group 5 Journal Blog. Week 11

Summarize what you got out of the readings and discussions on leadership this week.

Leaders are people who have the power to influence transactional and task processes by applying their power and authority. There are different kinds of power, which describe various leadership approaches. Leaders are the motivators of the team, the best approach to be successful in motivating and empowering the team is the situational-contingency approach, where the leader is adapting to the exact situation and makes decisions according to the team’s situation at the moment. Another approach to leadership is classis style. These are laissez-faire, authoritarian and democratic. The modern approaches allow people to manage and lead themselves.
We think that modern approach is the best one to apply in a team, because thus team members have the responsibility to share leadership. Sharing leadership leads the team towards a more effective and devoting style of communication. People will tend to take the best decision they think there is, rather than have a leader’s the only right decision to follow. In the modern leadership approach will not work the principle “1. The leader is always right. 2. If the leader is wrong see proposition 1.?
However, even this approach can fail. Our team decided to make an experiment by communicating only by emails this week. It seemed that the whole team distanced themselves from the core of our project. We think when there is no synchronous communication in a virtual team; the project will be less successful. Thus we decided that it’s important to it is important to set expectations for our one and for the whole team in general. We will definitely have online meetings because they seem more productive, and we will do our best to share leadership more wisely.

Also, share the benefit (if you felt there was one) of meeting FtF last week), has it helped team processes in any way?

FtF meeting was first of all a great opportunity for the entire team to get together see each other. We all have been very glad we have met Ginger, and she was glad to see all of those who she did not have an opportunity to see before this meeting. Everyone felt that the meeting went well, however it was a little unusual to meet FtF after such a long time of virtual collaboration and work. Even if our work in class was not very productive we think it was very important to have some key points discuss in class. Thus, we have been able to clarify whether we are on the right track, or we need to change our direction, and professor’s suggestions had been very helpful in this matter.
We believe that the FtF meeting had a great impact on our task process, since we’ve been able to agree and discuss some very important parts of our project and identify what exactly we will be working on as the final presentation approaches. Our transactional process had gain a lot from meeting each other in more real life than internet. Even though Ginger had been “on TV? it seemed that we are all together working and discussing important things for the project. We realized how important it is for both sides to have well developed technologies, which would enable the team to get together in a video-conference. It was a real life experience, which demonstrated to us that advanced technology matters, and it had an impact on our project too, since we’ve included the issue of different technology level in our project.

April 1, 2007

Week 11 Group 1

This week’s content was based around leadership in groups both face-to-face as well as virtually. The book described leadership styles that individuals can identify with. I saw each type of leadership characteristic relate to our virtual team. We are all leaders in some way and we are all able to contribute.

Meeting last week face-to-face allowed us to put a name to a face. I think this meeting was important and very beneficial to our team because we were able to communicate and address our project and long-term goals. We had to enforce our team vision. We also were able to divide the final presentation into divisions. Consequently, we could then designate roles for each member to accomplish each task. This was important because it is nearly impossible to do the entire assignment together virtually without identifying these goals. I think meeting face-to-face motivated each member to be more efficient and

Rhet 3266 Group 4 Week 11 Blog

I think that this week was a very interesting topic that was discussed in the All Class Discussion. Within my group, the things we thought were best for leadership were trust, delegation, and competence. However, this is not taking away from any of the other skills mentioned in the leadership reading because they are all very important to the functioning of a leader to a group. Trust is certainly important in a virtual team environment because there isn't always a way for members to be nagging on each others to get their work done. A leader must also be able to motivate his/her group, especially in a virtual environment because there isn't the day in day out consistency of seeing each other face to face. Reliability is also crucial to the success of a virtual team. It is needed so that the group can be efficient in getting things done. Delegation is important because a leader cannot expect to do everything themselves. A team is exactly that, a team. They need to work together to get stuff done. I feel that if a leader possesses these virtues and follows up on the task that is at hand, the group will operate efficiently and effectively.

Group 3, Week 11

This week we have learned about the essentials of a good leader. They need
to have charisma and a genuine understanding with the followers. There are
four essentials that were stated in the all class discussion. We ourselves
are a very democratic system. I think we vote for what we want to do the the
leadership roles we pursue. The idea is equality. We understand that
cooperation is pertinent. We probably are more like a transactional
leadership team, because we expect perfection out of each other so there is
no way to be better than that. In our meeting this week, we are refining
some more of the goals that we need to set to finish the project. We will
talk more once we get more details.

Chapter 11 had its main focus on teams and designated leaders. It brought up different leadership approaches that were classic styles, transactional, transformational,
life-cycle, and situational-contingency leadership. The classic styles were
laissez-faire, authoritarian, and democratic. In addition to that, we were
asked to think about what it means to lead. It was very different when we
were told to be leaders as kids compared to being a leader now as an adult.
We understand now that being a leader is more than telling people what to
do, it is very complex and can have many different meanings. We know that
leadership involves influencing others. We also were introduced to
Hagberg's Model of Personal Power which involves 6 stages. The stages are 1
Powerlessness, 2 Power by Association, 3 Power by Achievement, 4 Power by
Reflection, 5 Power by Purpose, 6 Power by Wisdom. The other reading we did
this week was the E-Reserve. This weeks E-Reserve talked about leadership
and how it is described as a management of meaning.

Also what we gathered from the FTF meeting we had last week was that it is hard for everyone to make it to a certain spot for a meeting. We had one of our group members unable to attend due to other priorities. We believe that the VT may be harder to put in priority because you don’t physically meet but overall it is easier to find time because you are not obligated to meet anywhere specific you just have to be home at a specific time. We did get a lot accomplished nonetheless at the FTF meeting.