an Environment for Team Collaboration
M. A. Smylie and J. G. Conyers suggest that in order for team members to
collaborate effectively, leaders must help them define their roles.
members must shift from viewing the organization as just a work site
and begin seeing it also as a place to develop skills. Team
members must ask the question, "How does my work climate support my
growth as a valued contributor to my team and organization?"
members must stop focusing on team deficits and begin focusing on
competencies. Team members
should have time to discuss their knowledge, skills, and experience.
members must work in an environment where their self-reliance is valued.
They must be aware that their experience is a valued commodity.
must know, understand, and subsequently act on the teamís delegated
roles and authority. Acting
as a coordinated unit is an expectation.
must engage in focused training and development.
New hire training and cross training must be an integral part of
the work environment. Team
members must ask the question, "What needs to be done, who is best
suited to it, and what are our training needs?"