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What is a group?

An assemblage of persons (or objects) located or gathered together.


What is a team?

A group organized to work together.


How is team spirit indicated?

Increased productivity
High morale during high ops temp
Willingness to help fellow teammates
Strong identity/camaraderie
Little to no negative conflict
Differences resolved through compromise or collaboration


What are some indications (signs, symptoms, or behaviors) of an organization with a healthy team spirit?

- Evident Esprit-de-Corps
- Increased productivity
- High morale during high ops tempo
- Willingness to help fellow teammates
- Strong identity/camaraderie
- Little to no negative conflict
- Differences resolved through compromise or collaboration


What is the DoD definition of mission?

a duty assigned to an individual or unit; a task.


What are the advantages of having a Flexer on your team?

- focus on everything
- adapt their styles to fit the needs of the team
- view issues from multiple perspectives
- monitor contributions of all team members and when necessary, step in to fill gaps in order to keep things moving in the right direction.
- demonstrate equal preference for most or all of the roles


How would you summarize the P.E.P. cycle?

It begins with a call for ideas and when team members come up with an idea, they move from Panic to Elation, then without encouragement they slide back to Panic.


Why is it important to understand the P.E.P. cycle?

- Knowing the cycle exists allows team leaders to monitor idea generation and then, at the peak of elation, hand ideas off to the Advancer. This gives Creators (and others) the confidence to put forth additional ideas.
- Without continuous monitoring of the cycle, ideas die soon after creation because no one recognizes their importance or promotes them. In the meantime, the Refiner and Executor wait impatiently idle


how would you summarize the "Z" Process?

Ideas often "bounce" back and forth among the Creators, Advancers, and Refiners in what's called the "Z" process. The Creator comes up with an idea and as the Advancer begins promoting it, the Refiner begins analyzing it. The idea might go back and forth several times before the Refiner (along with the Creator and Advancer) agree the idea is ready to pass off to the Executor who has been waiting for an idea to come to fruition (realization).


Why is it important to understand the "Z" Process?

- Knowing the "Z" Process allows team leaders to monitor the team's progress and manage
conflict generated from passing ideas back and forth.
- In the case of teams without a Creator (or Advancer or Refiner or Flexer) the team leader can step in and fill the gap to ensure the "Z" Process continues to work effectively.
- The "Z" Process ensures ideas are well thought out before attempting implementation


How can you use this information on team roles, P.E.P. Cycle and the "Z" Process to help
your flight?

- Increase team success by encouraging
Creators to offer ideas by catching them at the peak of the P.E.P. Cycle
Advancers to support and promote ideas
Refiners to assess ideas
Executers to move forward with the plan
- Ensuring ideas moves to the next role at the right time
- Whenever possible, select members for my team based on their preferred roles - Will help when coming up with a flight war cry


How will knowledge of team roles the P.E.P. Cycle, and the "Z" Process, help you in the future?

- The P.E.P. Cycle helps to verify when to get involved with the team to pursue ideas
- The "Z" Process helps to identify where the team is in the development of ideas and who
to engage at the appropriate time
- Assist in properly aligning the team member with the role that suits them
- All concepts will enhance team leadership abilities to maximize team productivity and success


What are team dynamics?

an ongoing process involving interaction of individuals within a team to move toward or away from achieving the desired objective.


When does the forming stage of team building occur?

when the members within the team start to "jockey" for position and when control struggles take place.


When does the norming stage of team building occur?

when rules are finalized and accepted and when team rules start being adhered to.


When does the performing stage of team building occur?

when the team starts to produce through effective and efficient working practices.


When does the adjourning and transforming stage of team building occur?

when a team disbands or moves on to a new task.


What characteristic encourages the team concept by making sure everyone knows and understands the organization's mission and purpose, which encourages a participative approach to meeting these objectives?



What characteristic ensures all members realize how important they are to the mission?



What characteristic creates a positive outlook for your personnel enabling your team to meet and even exceed their goals?



What characteristic makes sure every member of the team feels like an essential and important part of the team and the unit?



What characteristic explains member responsibilities in detail and how their actions affect the organization's success?



What characteristic ensures everyone has an opportunity to speak, to ask questions, and raise concerns?



What characteristic develops a greater sense of involvement in the organization's direction?



What characteristic defines training opportunities and advancement as two essential components that encourage and motivate members to grow and excel?



What characteristic lets proper communication ensure everyone is on the same page and working toward the shared goal?



What dysfunction characteristic is defined as: Avoid conflict as its negative connotation threatens trust, communication, morale, welfare, and mission accomplishment?

Fear of Conflict.


What dysfunction characteristic is defined as: Doubt in others or mission will cause members to struggle to commit fully to ideas, decisions, or tasks made by other members of the organization?

Lack of Commitment.


What dysfunction characteristic is defined as: Holding others accountable usually leads to confrontation. Members are likely to avoid these situations?

Avoidance of Accountability.


What dysfunction characteristic is defined as: Unwillingness to confide in and share knowledge, feelings, and concerns with one another?

Absence of Trust.