Material for 45-minute lecture and open discussion, part of the Contemporary Management Training course for Kosovo Police Officers, developed by the OSCE Mission in Kosovo
The ability of a manager to understand and establish an effective team or team within teams is an essential part of their role. Teams come in all shapes and sizes; Some are established and continuous - others are brought together for a particular problem or issue or to be used in a longer term against a particular policing issue that [the team] needs specific skills and management to be effective.
Whilst all teams have a clear purpose, or you would hope so, they all have inherent similarities. This session will look at the five stages of group or team formation and the role of the manager within that. That role needs to be continuous and proactive to maintain a healthy and effective team. The concept of intrusive supervision will be introduced.
Within any team the individual still exists and has individual needs and requirements as does to team in general. We will look at a series of elements to consider the balance in skills and behaviour against these elements.
Finally, we will look at will look at the use of Permanent Teams and Formed Teams and how advantages and disadvantages materialize – again which the manager has to control.
The purpose of this lesson is to:
a) To provide an understanding of the complexities of teams and the stages they progress through to achieve effectiveness and harmony
After this block of instruction the participants will be able to:
1. State the five stages of Tuckman and Jensen’s Group Formation model
2. Explain the need to balance skills with behaviour to maintain an effective team
3. Compare the advantages and disadvantages between Permanent and Formed teams