M9 – Understanding Work Teams

This week we are studying two chapters on Group Behavior and Work Teams. It is critical for managers and leaders to know about working in, working with and motivating work teams to increase productivity.   With two chapters to read, your class discussion post is due Saturday night.   Replies to your classmates are not required, but encouraged.


Read the Point / Counterpoint article on page 333 of the textbook (17th Edition) “To Get the Most Out of Teams, Empower Them.”   Determine which side (Point or Counterpoint) you agree with. Write a paragraph (with references) on why you chose such. Don’t just do this as a class assignment, but really think about yourself in a managerial role and how you would “empower” your work teams.

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Parkerson Week 9

After reading page 333, “To Get the Most Out of Teams, Empower Them.” I choose the counterpoint, the reason that I chose this counterpoint is that the first thing that the book states is that empowerment is not a cure all for a company. Although, there are benefits that come from empowering your subordinates, there are just certain things that you can not improve just by empowering your employees. For example, you have a great employee a self starter, and you empower this employee to keep doing what he/she is doing they will do so. On the other hand, when you have an employee who is not as as motivated and you empower them it may actually encourage them to do less work. This can definitely not a solve all just like the book stated. The empowerment of good employees vs. bad employees can really make it or break it when it comes to that decision on whether or not you will empower that individual.