Groups, Teams and Conflict Essay

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Groups, Teams and Conflict Ron Phillips MGT/311 10 February 2013 Ileene Chernoff Groups, Teams and Conflict When it comes to teams and groups there are similarities and there are distinct differences in the formation, purpose, goals and directions. Groups are usually put together by people of common interests that are interested in the individual development of group members. Group therapy is a perfect example of this, as the group has the intention of helping the individual members work through difficult situations to improve their individual lives. Teams are generally put together with specific goals, directions and purposes that will improve the team as a whole, which is greater than the sum of its parts. Sports teams are a great example of this because; the individual’s performance or input is less important than the overall performance of the team and the goal or purpose itself. The first teams that I participated on were sports teams, where I learned the value of working together to achieve a common goal. The most important team that I was ever on, at least in my mind, was the Unites States Navy. The various military’s were formed to protect our freedom’s from enemies both foreign and domestic and to carry out the orders of our superiors from the President on down to achieve those collective goals. The military is the epitome of team and they all work together to achieve a goal that is much greater than the sum of its parts. This is done by regimented training and dedication to service that encompasses the honor, courage and commitment ideals of those that serve. The main strategy that the military employs is collaboration from each different branch to achieve the objectives that our government puts before them. Over the years the military has improved the communication between the branches, reduced the rivalry amongst the troops of each

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