Team performance is a multi-layered construct including efficiency of process an


Team performance is a multi-layered construct including efficiency of process and maximization of productivity. Consider a current or previous team in which you have participated. Describe the team’s overall performance level. Determine the factors that contributed to the team’s performance. What would you have done to improve the team’s performance?
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Team’s Overall Performance Level
Team performance is one of the major factors a team leader focuses on. Team performance is determined by how well the team functions together, interacts together and works together (Bradley, Klotz, Postlethwaite & Brown, 2013). Team performance can be a direct link to how well their leadership is performing. When I think of team performance I do not immediately think of charts that visualize how well the team is functioning and performing through each quarter. I think of a club softball team I played on when I was fifteen years old.
Contributing Factors
On this specific team, we had only been playing together for a few months, but all the members and coaches got along great. We were playing in a tournament; however this tournament was different than most of the tournaments we played thus far that year. Most other tournaments had preliminary games that would be played in first day of the tournament, the outcome of these preliminary games would determine your seeding for the bracket or tournament games that would be single elimination starting the very next day and sometime go into a third day. Due to a winter storm pushing through, they changed up the way this tournament was to be play, to conserve time and reduce the number of games played before the championship.
The storm was supposed to hit during the second scheduled day of the tournament so they tried to condense the tournament into one day. During this tournament, we jumped straight into bracket play which made the tournament double elimination, this means you could only loose one day, if you lost one game you essentially had to continue to play back to back to back in order to keep advancing through the tournament. My team ended up loosing our very first game of the tournament. After our loss, we did not even have time to process the loss, we had to pack up all our gear and run across the complex to another field to start our next game immediately. We jumped straight into our second game and won, but because we were now in the loser bracket, we had to start our next game immediately.
At this point we had been playing for three hours straight and we were starting to get a little fatigued. Before the next game started, myself and our assistant coach took our team out behind the dugout and started to play a game of hacky sack with the team. When the hacky sack was thrown your way, you had to catch it and say one thing you were thankful for about the team or one thing you thought the team did well together. This same team building exercise, got my team’s mind of the dread of losing and having to perform our absolute best, we bonded deeper in that moment knowing that we could count on one another and the point of our team was working together and having fun doing it.
Recommendations to Improve the Team’s Performance
This changed the atmosphere around our team that day. We had a determination that was unstoppable. We went on to play eleven games back to back that day and we won that championship game. Our team performance increased that day because our assistant coach took the time in a stressful situation to build us up and show us why we are a team. It was a great day, I will never forget that day or that team and what we accomplished from believing in each other and trusting one another.
References
Bradley, B. H., Klotz, A. C., Postlethwaite, B. E., & Brown, K. G. (2013). Ready to rumble: How team personality composition and task conflict interact to improve performance. Journal of Applied Psychology, 98(2), 385–392. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0029845


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