Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Spring 2004


Dragan Milosevic

Course Title

Communication and Team Building

Course Number

EMGT 522/622


Team SPIN was formed as a working group in the Communication and Team Building Class. Shortly after its formation, SPIN met the team basics defined by The Wisdom of Teams by Katzenbach and Smith and went beyond the basics with their enthusiasm and energy for the course. This paper describes how team SPIN was able to use their complementary skills and forge a common working approach to class assignments. The team overcame distractions and other outside commitments and displayed energy and enthusiasm for team activities. The team members were from culturally and professionally diverse backgrounds which helped them fill roles on the team that contributed to the team’s effectivity. Although this team performed well, its rotating leadership approach and flexible working rules may not work for all teams. Team SPIN has realized that additional structure in leadership, team meetings, and performance measurements may help other teams in the future.


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