Leading Groups and Teams

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1.2 Assignment. Devotional. Red-Letter Team Leadership (Part 1)
Getting Started
Throughout the Holy Bible, we are able to see ways in which Jesus demonstrated leadership principles that we today hold up as best practices. Throughout the class we will look at thisRed-Letter Leadership(in many Bibles the words of Jesus are printed in red) as it applies to teams. This week, we see how Jesus gave his team a purpose from the very beginning.
Upon successful completion of this assignment, you will be able to:
· Appraise a biblical perspective regarding team building.
Background Information
Read(new tab)
or
listen(new tab)
to Luke 5:1-11.
Jesus Calls His First Disciples
One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon,“Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon,“Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.”So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
Watch
Jesus calls Simon (Peter), James and John(new tab)
The video clip is from a TV show called The Chosen. If you have not watched it, I highly recommend it. In the video clip, which is a portrayal of Luke 5:1-11, Jesus calls his first four disciples. What is interesting is that, in this very first interaction, he gives them a new purpose – You are no longer fishermen, now you will be fishersofmen. This is your purpose, to go out and bring in as many as you can. When a leader provides a purpose, or a “why” as
Simon Sinek(new tab)
says, it provides inspiration. It turns groups into teams.
Instructions
1. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
2. Review the information in the Getting Started and Background Information sections.
3. Write a 250-300 word reflection paper (Word document) that shares your thoughts/perspectives on the following:
a. How do you think having a purpose helped form the disciples into a team?
b. How would it have helped them work together going forward?
c. Can you identify the purpose of the teams on which you serve? If not, how could you help your teams settle on a unified purpose?
d. What personal, professional, or even spiritual insights might you glean from your reflection on the devotional materials this worksho
2.1 Assignment: Devotional – Red-Letter Team Leadership (Part 2)
Getting Started
Throughout the Holy Bible, we are able to see ways in which Jesus demonstrated leadership principles that we today hold up as best practices. Throughout the class, we will look at thisRed-Letter Leadership(in many Bibles the words of Jesus are printed in red) as it applies to teams. This week, we look at an example of ten of the disciples being angry with two disciples for sneakily trying to gain a place of glory and how Jesus addressed this team dysfunction.
Upon successful completion of this assignment, you will be able to:
· Appraise a biblical perspective regarding team dynamics.
Background Information
Read(new tab)
or
listen(new tab)
to Mark 10:35-45 (NIV)
The Request of James and John
Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”“What do you want me to do for you?”he asked. They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”“You don’t know what you are asking,”Jesus said.“Can you drink the cupI drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”“We can,” they answered. Jesus said to them,“You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with,but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.”When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John.Jesus called them together and said,“You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve,and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
You can imagine it, can’t you? You have been working at your organization for just as long as your co-worker, you think you are a good team, you seem to be on the same page and working toward the same goals. And then he or she starts to try and get a little more of the boss’ attention, start to claim a little more of the responsibility for the tasks you definitely worked on together. It could drive a wedge between you, poison the team dynamic, and cause division. The disciples went through this too. First of all, Jesus, as their leader, addressed the issue and did not let it fester. Second, he helped them grow by teaching them that in God’s economy, praise is gained by serving, not by being served. To be effective, the other 10 would have had to forgive James and John and move on, something that likely happened considering how the disciples went on to work together after Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Instructions
1. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
2. Review the information in the Getting Started section.
3. Write a 250-300 word reflection paper (Word document) that shares your thoughts/perspectives on the following:
a. Identify a team member that is either on your team now or one you worked with in the past that causes you frustration. What positives did that member bring to the team?
b. How could you develop now, or could have developed in the past, a better relationship with that person that would have led to a more positive team dynamic?
c. What personal, professional, or even spiritual insights might you glean from your reflection on the devotional materials this workshop?
4. Reflection papers are to be written in accordance with APA Guidelines (7th ed.) including format guidelines. Papers must be logical, well organized, grammatically correct, and have correct spelling and sentence structure. Write in complete paragraphs.
1.4 Assignment: Teams That Fail
Getting Started
“The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to…failure.” – John Maxwell,
Failing Forward(new tab)
“Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be” – John Wooden,
Wooden on Leadership(new tab)
When we fail, it is important to reflect on why we failed. We can often learn more from failure than we can from success. So, in this assignment, we are going to reflect on a team that failed and why.
Upon successful completion of this assignment, you will be able to:
· Identify a team that failed and analyze why.
Instructions
1. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
2. Review Discovering Leadership (Middlebrooks et al., 2020) Chapter 12, specifically pages 317 and 318.
3. Think of a team you were on that failed. Write a 1 ½ to 2-page paper responding to these questions:
a. In approximatelyhalf a page, describe the team as well as what the team’s purpose or goal was and how it failed (e.g., did not deliver the product, did not deliver on time, team imploded and disbanded, etc.)
b. In approximately a page, identify which of the 10 reasons listed on pages 317 and 318 contributed to the team failure – do not simply say “Lack of training” but rather what type of training was needed, why it would have helped, why it was not provided, how that impacted the team, etc.
c. For the final half-page, describe what could have been done to help the team succeed and why your suggestion would have had an impact.
4. All papers are to be written and formatted in accordance with APA Guidelines (7th ed.). Papers must be logical, well organized, grammatically correct, and have correct spelling and sentence structure. Write in complete paragraphs of at least three sentences in length.
5. Feel free to utilize Academic Writer (APA formatting resource) and Grammarly (grammar and plagiarism check) in the
IWU Resources(new tab)
page.
6. Proofread your papers prior to submitting them to ensure the highest quality of presentation.
7. The maximum number of pages is given to encourage you to be concise and use meaningful words.
8. Failure to meet these minimum writing and formatting requirements will result in a lowering of the overall grade. Use a #12 font in Times New Roman.
2.3 Assignment. Proposal for Current-Team Development
Getting Started
In this assignment, you will write a proposal to the leader of your team with a suggestion for how to move the team forward. This is a practical assignment that could be used in your organization tomorrow. If you are the leader of the team, write the proposal as if you are presenting it to the rest of the team, helping them to “get on board” with the idea.
Upon successful completion of this assignment, you will be able to:
· Recommend one way in which the team you are currently on can move forward in team development.
Instructions
1. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
2. Review the Getting Started section of the workshop.
3. Review Discovering Leadership (Middlebrooks et al., 2020) Chapter 12, especially pages 312 and 313.
4. Review
Using the Stages of Team Development(new tab)
by Judith Stein.
5. ReviewThe Five Dysfunctions of a Teamby Patrick Lencioni
6. Address the following assignment requirements in a three-to-four-page paper:
a. Title page
b. An introductory paragraph writer to the instructor that not only introduces the paper’s content, but also identifies the team you will be referring to, who is on the team, and your role on the team.
c. After the introductory paragraph, write the paper as if you are writing a proposal to the leader of the team. “Dear Mr./Ms/Mrs./Dr. So and So…”
d. Identify either where you see your team at in the team development stages or the dysfunction that is plaguing your team.
e. Explain the benefit that will come from moving your team to the next stage of development or addressing the dysfunction.
f. Propose a way forward for your team. Perhaps it is a focused meeting that occurs regularly to address the need to move to the next stage or to address the dysfunction (What would happen in this meeting? How often would it occur?). Maybe it is a retreat (What would you discuss? What would the agenda be?). Or you could come up with your own idea that you think would be most impactful for your team.
g. Conclusion
h. References page
7. All papers are to be written and formatted in accordance with APA Guidelines (7th ed.). Papers must be logical, well organized, grammatically correct, and have correct spelling and sentence structure. Write in complete paragraphs of at least three sentences in length.
8. Feel free to utilize Academic Writer (APA formatting resource) and Grammarly (grammar and plagiarism check) in the
IWU Resources(new tab)
page.
9. Proofread your papers prior to submitting them to ensure the highest quality of presentation.
10. The maximum number of pages is given to encourage you to be concise and use meaningful words.
11. Failure to meet these minimum writing and formatting requirements will result in a lowering of the overall grade. Use a #12 font in Times New Roman.
1.3 Discussion: Group or Team?
Getting Started
What we call a thing matters. If I ask my wife to pack me a pair of shoes for our trip to the beach when I really want her to bring me a pair of flip-flops, I can’t be upset when she packs me a pair of tennis shoes. Being accurate and specific with our language helps clearly communicate what we mean. When it comes to leading groups and teams, we must be able to differentiate between the two concepts. Then, when a problem presents itself, you will know what type of solution to employ: a group or a team.
Upon successful completion of this discussion, you will be able to:
· Differentiate between groups and teams.
Instructions
1. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
2. Review the Getting Started section of the workshop.
3. Read Discovering Leadership (Middlebrooks et al., 2020) Chapter12 (this is a book you would have used in some previous courses. You will use it several times during this course.)
4. Watch the first 20 minutes of
Teams and Groups in an Organization(new tab)
by Genius Educations. (You can stop when the author begins discussing communication).
5. Initial Post of 300-400 words responding to the question prompts due by the end of the fourth day of the workshop. Two additional 100-to-200-word responses to other students’ posts due by the end of the workshop. Any questions posed by the instructor to the student must also be answered.
6. Discussion Prompts:
a. Identify one group of which you are a member and one team of which you are a member. Explain why one is a group and the other is a team.
2.2 The Stages of Team Development
Getting Started
As previously mentioned, self-awareness, for an individual or a team, is important. It is hard to know how to get to where you want to go if you don’t know where you are. In this discussion, you will assess a team that you are on and have the opportunity to suggest a positive way forward for that team. This will also serve as an opportunity for you to test out some ideas with your classmates and instructor before writing the paper for this week.
Upon successful completion of this discussion, you will be able to:
· Identify positive and negative ways in which teams develop and recommend solutions.
Instructions
1. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
2. Review the Getting Started and Background Information sections.
3. Read Discovering Leadership (Middlebrooks et al., 2020) Chapter 12, especially pages 312 and 313.
4. Read
Using the Stages of Team Development(new tab)
by Judith Stein.
5. ReadThe Five Dysfunctions of a Teamby Patrick Lencioni.
6. Initial Post of 300-400 words responding to the question prompts due by the fourth day of the workshop. Two additional 100-to-200-word responses to other students’ posts are due by the end of the workshop. Any questions posed by the instructor to the student must also be answered.
7. Discussion Prompts:
a. Remind the class where you work and your role. Briefly describe the team you will reference in this discussion.
b. Utilizing insights from Discovering Leadership Ch. 12 and Stein article, identify where your team is on the team development cycle.
c. Reflecting on the Lencioni book, identify which of the five dysfunctions your team is struggling with the most.
d. What is one thing you could recommend to help your team either eliminate the dysfunctional behavior or move to the next stage of the team development process?

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