Sample Education Book Review on The Ideal Team Player

The 4-Mat review involved the analysis of Patrick Lencioni’s book The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate the Three Essential Virtues. I provided a comprehensive and clear book summary, responses, related reflection, and actions. one of the actions identified from the 4-Mat review that I have implemented in my current ministry is teamwork. The action describes a collaborative effort towards achieving common goal or task in the most competent and effective manner.[1]Particularly, individuals working as a team are interdependent and actively strive towards the attainment of a universal goal.[2] Some of the major characteristics of an effective teamwork include constant communication, clear focus on goals and outcomes, and good leadership.

Impact

Teamwork has had significant impact on my current ministry. For instance, team members can generate and contribute new ideas based on their unique or diverse perspectives. The members also collaborate to develop solutions to complex problems. we have an opportunity to exchange ideas and develop creative ways of executing tasks when we worktogether. Additionally, the team members are confident when contributing to scriptural discussions because the members are patient and encouraging of each other. Another important impact of teamwork in my ministry is the creation of trust and strong relationships. The team enjoys working together in a cohesive group, and this has encouraged them to open up during our topical discussions. Each member understands the needs of another and is supportive. Overall, sharing our perspectives as a team through our brainstorming sessions has been a unique bonding experience. Indeed, the implementation of high performance teamwork can encourage members to develop reasonable conflict resolution skills.[3] In essence, my ministry appreciates the fact that our diverse demographic background, habits, and perspectives may quickly cause conflicts. Thus, we rely on high-performance teamwork, effective communication, and other strategies to solve some of these differences.

Implementation Experience

It was relatively easy to implement my vision for a strong teamwork spirit in my current ministry because most of the members were receptive of the idea. We shared goals and objectives, which include gaining a deeper understanding of the scripture and the gospel. Thus, it was relatively easy to convince the team to come together as a cohesive unit. Particularly, the team members were ecstatic, willing, and ready to engage each other in a comfortable and accommodating environment. However, we struggled with lack of trust, low engagement, and poor time management in the initial stages of the group.

Subsequent Step

My subsequent step in modifying the team members’ reactions is to increase the level of trust within and engagement. For instance, I will organize seminars to enhance communication between the members to sustain the momentum and positive rapport. I will also sustain positive rapport by scheduling as many one-on-one meetings as possible. During such meetings, I will also encourage the members to listen to each actively other without prejudice or judgmental attitude. Another important strategy that I will use to sustain the team momentum is the creation of an efficient feedback mechanism. For instance, the team will rely on constant group meetings to identify and solve some of the pertinent issues. Lastly, I will clarify team members’ roles and responsibilities to minimize possible conflicts that may arise from our constant engagements.

Overall, I had a fascinating experience with the team. I realized that teamwork was effective because it encouraged healthy interactions within my ministry. I hope to sustain the momentum through constant engagements and feedback mechanisms.

 

Bibliography

Lencioni, Patrick M. The ideal team player: How to recognize and cultivate the three essential virtues. John Wiley & Sons, 2016.

O’Neill, Thomas A., and Eduardo Salas. “Creating high performance teamwork in organizations.” Human resource management review 28, no. 4 (2018): 325-331.

Tripathy, Mitashree. “Building quality teamwork to achieve excellence in business organizations.” International research journal of management, IT and social sciences 5, no. 3 (2018): 1-7.

 

[1]Lencioni, Patrick M. The ideal team player: How to recognize and cultivate the three essential virtues. John Wiley & Sons, 2016.

[2] O’Neill, Thomas A., and Eduardo Salas. “Creating high performance teamwork in organizations.” Human resource management review 28, no. 4 (2018): 325-331.

[3] Tripathy, Mitashree. “Building quality teamwork to achieve excellence in business organizations.” International research journal of management, IT and social sciences 5, no. 3 (2018): 1-7.