JCU Success Workshop: Managing Teams
Managing a team requires that the team be aligned around a shared vision, be able to discuss current reality without bias, be clear about roles and accountabilities, and be able to capture and access collective knowledge. The team needs to develop these skills and capabilities; however, team members may not have needed these skills and capabilities previously in their careers.
The nature of many organisations today make the task of managing teams particularly challenging. One person getting ahead often means another getting left behind - promoting the idea of “winning” at the expense of another team member. When conflicts occur the team leader, who may or may not be impartial, makes the final decision. The make-up of teams is also a challenge. In organisations teams maybe composed of aggressive “high-flyers” who are used to getting what they want and getting things done. Organisations still long for heroic leadership and teams may operate in unforgiving environments all-too ready to apportion blame when things go wrong.
All together, these circumstances paint a daunting picture that many teams struggle to overcome. This workshop seeks to aid teams and team leaders to overcome these difficulties so that the true potential of teams may be realised. Through improving the team’s interpersonal dynamics, team leaders will gain insight into developing the capacity of teams, building on individual talent and vision in order to achieve results that members cannot achieve on their own by focusing on three key dimensions:
- Insightful thinking
- Innovative and coordinated action
- Learning across teams
|Dr. Adrian Bradshaw|
Adrian Bradshaw is employed as a Lecturer of Business at JCU, Singapore. He holds a BSc in computer science and an MPhil in Physics from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados. Adrian received his PhD in Management at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.
His interest in information technology was the key driver for his career in information technology management, administration and support. During this period he was involved in and managed information technology projects and was actively involved in information technology security and administration. It was his experience in information technology management that led him to undertake a PhD in management, bridging management and information technology to understand the impact that IT experts have on knowledge and competences in small and medium-sized enterprises.
Drawing on his experience in project management he has been involved with undergraduate students in the areas of computer programming, information technology project management and systems analysis and design. He has a keen interest in qualitative research and the application of qualitative methods to business management, project management and information systems development.
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