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Business Sustainability: A cleaner production approach to small business management

Student Manual

Environment Australia
October 2000
ISBN 0642547149

Business Sustainability: Session 5 - Student Teams

Objective of this session

To consider some aspects of teamwork, including team leadership and team membership, and to identify what skills are needed in teams

The following topics will be covered in this session
Team Skills


Need for Teamwork Skills

Most of the project time will be spent working in teams. The effectiveness of this work, and the satisfaction gained from this work, will depend in large part on team behaviour. Some teamwork training seems appropriate.

Composition of Student Teams

There will be three students in each team (this may be varied with permission of the course facilitator). A representative of the business client will also be an important fourth member of the team.

Team Skills

Skills Needed in Student Team

Each of the following four skills should be brought into the team by at least one team member:

Students need to get a mix of these skills in the team; therefore three friends with similar interests and talents may not be the most effective team.

Team Leader

A team leader will be nominated by the team. This may not be done immediately, as team members may need to get to know each other before choosing a leader.

Nomination of a team leader is important. This leader should be responsible for:

Class Activity

Objective: to facilitate team formation and to make sure the required skill-mix is present in each team.

Find members for your team. The facilitator may set some rules on the make-up of teams to ensure a good mix of skills and disciplines.

When you have formed into teams, the members of each team are to discuss among themselves the skills each member brings to the team. The form on the next page may help this discussion.

Team Skills Form

Purpose: This form will prompt teams to consider their skill-base and will assist to define roles within the team.

For each team member, note the training and experience each has in the different skill areas. This form is for team use only - it should not be handed in or shown to anyone outside the team.

Skill(s) Name: Name: Name:
Technical discipline(s) eg. engineering, science.

Marketing (selling goods or ideas).

Formal presentation.

Quantitative (collating and processing data).

Investigative ("digging out" information).

Leadership (coordinating work, monitoring timeliness, dealing with problems in team behaviour).

Team membership (sharing information, working cooperatively, contributing ideas).

Timeliness (meeting deadlines).