Paper: A Comparison of the Differences between High Performance Teams (HPT) and Traditional Workgroups

In order to be a truly outstanding HPT there must be creativity. In order to be high performance a team must come up with something new and unique. There is always a need for new products, services, and even ways of doing things. To go from a workgroup to a HPT there are several things that must happen. First off making sure that the entire team knows the standards of the group is important. If the team does not set these standards there is great possibility for confusion and conflict. It is equally important to set the tone of the team in the very first meeting. If a team does not take the first meeting seriously then it is possible that the team will never get on track and get serious. There needs to be a sense of urgency so that each member of the team feels they have to work as efficiently and effectively as possible. Finally it is important to give positive feedback and reward those who deserve it. Nothing ensures people will work harder than motivation. Motivation is key in any work environment where employees are empowered. Diversity can have a major impact on group behavior. When all team members are of the same group it may be easier to relate to one another and they can build relationships quickly. On the other hand, if there is no diversity in the group, there will not be the endless supply of ideas. If all team members are the same there will most likely be the same information coming from each member. IT is important for a team to have a wide variety of talent and perspective. With the more diverse group there will be more opportunity for new ideas. This is not to say that having a diverse group does not have its hindrances. It is difficult for people of different values and backgrounds to understand each other at first and there is great chance for conflict. Once these issues are resolved and the team members have more of an understanding of each other the team will be better for its diversity....