Team meetings or huddles are very important in keeping everyone on the team connected together. Often times what happens is only one person (whoever is leading the meeting) is the only one who gives input or direction during these meetings so in reality many of the team members can feel disconnected.
It is important that if you are a team leader, manager or supervisor that you remember that a team can only grow stronger if each person on the team is allowed to participate and give their input, point of view, or ideas during team meetings or for that fact anytime.
The following, in my opinion, is a good definition of a Team: A group of people with different skills and different tasks, who work together on a common project, service, or goal, with a meshing of functions and mutual support.
Most often in many workplaces a “Team” is really a group of people who work at the same place, doing what their position requires of them and a manager or supervisor who makes sure that they get their work done, i.e., no real collaboration, conversation or communication together on much of anything.
Creating a team, working on a team and leading a team takes time, effort and the willingness to collaborate and listen to each other to come up with the best thoughts, ideas and plans and then a decision on how to execute them to be successful.
There are real functional teams and then there are people who work together in the same place that are called teams but the individual members have no say about their ideas, or how things might work better, they just are allowed to go along with what their team leader says they must do.
What type of team do you work on and how do you feel about it?