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What decision-making style is most frequently used in team settings in your program?

Are You Working as a Group or a Team?
There is an important distinction between a team and a group. A team may be defined as a collection of individuals who work together, who have the same work objectives, and whose work is mutually dependent 5. Groups are created to achieve a specific purpose (e.g., the Recycling Committee, the Social Committee) or to focus on resolving a particular issue (i.e. reducing water use in the workplace).

We are a group and not a team. Therefore, decision making varies from day to day. This affects the productivity overall.

Share an example of how your team successfully worked together to reach an important goal for your program.

Group Task: 9th Grade Presentations

We worked together to present to all English courses, so that all 9th graders would get the same key information about being successful transitioning from 8th grade to high school.

Theodora Nelson's picture

What decision-making style is most frequently used in team settings in your program?

Are You Working as a Group or a Team?
There is an important distinction between a team and a group. A team may be defined as a collection of individuals who work together, who have the same work objectives, and whose work is mutually dependent 5. Groups are created to achieve a specific purpose (e.g., the Recycling Committee, the Social Committee) or to focus on resolving a particular issue (i.e. reducing water use in the workplace).

We are a group and not a team. Therefore, decision making varies from day to day. This affects the productivity overall.

Share an example of how your team successfully worked together to reach an important goal for your program.

Group Task: 9th Grade Presentations

We worked together to present to all English courses, so that all 9th graders would get the same key information about being successful transitioning from 8th grade to high school.

Theodora Nelson's picture

We are a group and not a team. Therefore, decision making varies from day to day. This affects the productivity overall.

Share an example of how your team successfully worked together to reach an important goal for your program.

Group Task: 9th Grade Presentations

We worked together to present to all English courses, so that all 9th graders would get the same key information about being successful transitioning from 8th grade to high school.

Theodora Nelson's picture

We work together to present to all English courses, so that all 9th graders would gain the same key information about high school success.

nelsonmeld's picture

What decision making style is most frequently used in team settings in your program?

  • If it's decisions that need to be made quickly or a relatively minor decision, we tend to go with the majority's decision.  For major decisions effecting the whole group or program as a whole, we will take the time to achieve a consensus.  That way, a large variety of opinions and viewpoints can be expressed.

Share an example of how your team successfully worked together to reach an important goal:

  • A couple of our teens wanted to do a career exploration trip our youth volunteers have done in the past, but there was not extensive interest in the main venue the trip had visited before.  To design a new career exploration trip, we gathered a group of interested Teens and they brainstormed a variety of places to visit.  The potential venues were narrowed down to only a few and then the group worked together to discus the merits and drawbacks of each.  A consensus was reached for the final choices with all Teens happy that they at least were able to offer an opinion and have a say.

Melanie Nelson

Phoenix Zoo

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Our program is under new management so it is kind of like a new program.  Right now most of the big decisions are made between the manager and upper management.  It is only recently some minor decisions are beeing made by the staff and youth. 

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Our Team is usually consensus for the after school program. One example is the decion to serve our snacks and meals in the cafeteria at staggered times so the kids are not standing in line waiting when they could still be in class for wrap up at the end of the class. It was kind of funny to read these descriptions because I had to serve on a three day jury duty this year and we had all kinds of "group" discussions. :)

Peggy Steinhagen

South Pointe Elementary

 

 

Iris Esqueda's picture

In our after school program, our team usually makes consensus decisions. One example of how or when we do this is when we sit together to brain storm on our monthly planning. We have large group games on Wednesdays so coming together as to what game/games we will play with the children. Some games work for some leaders better then others. Each member can choose the best fit for the them, but mostly for the children in the program.

 

Iris Esqueda

Happy Hours After School Program

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Iris Esqueda's picture

In our after school program, our team usually makes consensus decisions. One example of how or when we do this is when we sit together to brain storm on our monthly planning. We have large group games on Wednesdays so coming together as to what game/games we will play with the children. Some games work for some leaders better then others. Each member can choose the best fit for the them, but mostly for the children in the program.

 

Iris Esqueda

Happy Hours After School Program

Child & Family Resources

Mary Willis's picture

The playground clean up always seems to be a bigger issue during the summer months at my center.  The problem was brought to light at a monthly leads meeting on how and who was going to be responsible for each of the playgrounds.  The problem was laid out and the goal was established.  Suggestions were given by all sitting around the table.  After further discussion a decision was made by majority.  So far the solutions are working well and will continue to be monitored.

Mary Willis

USAFA CDC

 

Angela Ocampo's picture

I work with a team that usually uses makes decisions by consensus, however there are times that it is minority decision.  Members my my team have specfic skills. We each respect the judgement of the one who has the most experience or specific skill for the given task.  I think that having trust goes a long way in making working with a team a pleasant experience, even in stressful situations.

Angela Ocampo

Child & Youth Programs.

Melissa Haas's picture

The decision making style used most frequently in the team setting within my program is decision by unanimity.  Most often when a team decision that affects everyone needs to be made I like to talk with the staff and get their input and then go with the majority.  However, with regulations and policies in place there are times decision by authority is used.  Some decisions have to be by authority and there is no option to discuss as a team.   Recently our team worked together to create activities and field trips to be offered during the summer time.  Some team members had experienced summer break and knew which activities from the previous had been successful and which ones were not.  Their input was helpful in understanding what problems we may encounter and how to overcome some of the problems from previous years.  With everyone's input it made it easier to plan a summer program that would provide a variety of fun activities for the children involved. 

Lydia Broussard's picture

What decision-making style is most frequently used in team settings in your program?

We are more of a group and a team. Therefore, decision making varies from day to day. This flexibility in decison-making affects the overall productivity of the program.

Share an example of how your team successfully worked together to reach an important goal for your program.

The Youth and Teens came together to work with the local community to clean up areas around the military base and local community.  They picked up an enormous amount of trash on the streets, around businesses and homes. Togeter they developed stronger relations with the local community.

Lynnette Lepley's picture

We, too, are more of a group than a team.  Most times decisions are made by authority, but sometimes, the majority makes the decisions. 


An example of when our team successfully worked together to reach an important goal for our program was during the self-study process of accreditation.  There was an area we were having difficulty improving, so we met and, as a team, generated possible solutions.  We came to concensus on which solution to try . . . and it worked!

cindy powers's picture

Working for the Air Force almost our decision or by consensus or majority.  Our goal is to have a great program and better serve our children and parents. 

Patti Fortier's picture

Our program is more of a group than a team. It is Manager led. Would prefer to have a team model but decisions are usually stalled as individuals seek "permission" An example of when we work great as a team is when we work with individuals for Special Olympics. All team members truly feel and are coaches and the outsome is already predetermined. That being that all will work their hardest to do their best and to make it an enjoyable experience.

Aspire.jen's picture

The majority of our decisions are made by a consensus in which most members agree to some extent. We have to make programming and staffing decisions weekly and we always work together on decision making.

nicole cervantes's picture

With such a Large Group, most of our decisions are made by coming together and agreeing on a solution that will make all happy

Anna Carroll's picture

The decision making style that is most prominent in my program is decision by authority. An example of when my team successfully worked together to achieve a goal, is when we found out one of our children doesn't celebrate Christmas we decided to have a more eclectic selection of coloring pages (including different holiday traditions) and making our child feel comfortable in themselves and not feel "different."

jenny priniski's picture

we work as a team very successfully. our team manager will ask for our opinion or input on a regular bases and feels confident in our abilities to do projects on our own.

James Scott's picture

When possible I prefer to have consensus. I would be concerned if everyone said they were fully on board for they either do not understand the true impact of the change, or they are saying what they think. We have a team agreement we will come to consensus and agreements, but can disagree in the conference. Outside of the conference room we support the team completely.

marcos larrauri's picture

so much good info here from everyone

sara lesko's picture

In our organization. We work more as team with many of the decisions being based off of what the rules and regulations that we are to go by.

Natalie Garley's picture

I am very lucky and proud to say that we work as a team!
most decisions are made by consensus.
one example of our team being successful is that we knew participation had to increase in our center and this was our goal. everyone gave ideas of how and what they personally could do to help. we worked off our strengths and gave input to each other.

Linda Mock's picture

We work more as individuals with more or less the same goals.

John Orme's picture

As a team leader I know how important teamwork is.

Ashley Garcia's picture

I think in my building the decisions are made by majority and also by consensus. With the middle school and teens, they are more likely to be able to compromise allowing for decisions by consensus to be effective.

Cedric Ah-Ching's picture

What decision-making style is most frequently used in team settings in your program?
Share an example of how your team successfully worked together to reach an important goal for your program

I would like to say that decision-making in our facility is run by consensus as far as how the culture is run at our youth center. I will also say that there is a good amount of team work that takes place despite all the sudden transitions that our facility is going through. Recently I had just started working at the Middle School Teen Center in Fort Irwin, California where there were a lot of sudden transitions that had begun to take place. Five previous staff members have left the teen center whereas myself and a select other few (we are still very short staffed) have done everything we can in our efforts to figure ourselves out as a team and to build on that chemistry and culture we can provide to the kids. We are still in a building phase ourselves, but we have all come together to try and continue what has worked in the past while working through all the transitions that have gone on in our workplace.

Andrew Riley's picture

In my experience, when a team works together to achieve a common goal, the results will have a positive benefit for the program. For this to happen, each member needs to have a well-defined role and purpose. All members should also be aware of what the end-goal is. In this way, a harmonious working environment can be successfully achieved. Care should also be taken to ensure that all team members feel valued and appreciated for their efforts.

Brock Phillips's picture

Our decisions are usually by authority and not majority!

Angela Hughes's picture

Teams allow organizations to accomplish goals that individuals can’t achieve alone, especially those that are too big or complex for one person. Intentionally designed teamwork fosters brainstorming among people of diverse backgrounds and positions. These different perspectives help to generate the very best ideas. Members of a team may see potential pitfalls with ideas or proposed solutions, often seeing something that might have been missed by a single individual. Finally, effective teams build morale, camaraderie, and confidence among their members. When employees feel they are part of a team, they are more committed to the organization. As a result, job satisfaction improves and turnover declines.

Angela Hughes's picture

Teams allow organizations to accomplish goals that individuals can’t achieve alone, especially those that are too big or complex for one person. Intentionally designed teamwork fosters brainstorming among people of diverse backgrounds and positions. These different perspectives help to generate the very best ideas. Members of a team may see potential pitfalls with ideas or proposed solutions, often seeing something that might have been missed by a single individual. Finally, effective teams build morale, camaraderie, and confidence among their members. When employees feel they are part of a team, they are more committed to the organization. As a result, job satisfaction improves and turnover declines.

Jacqueline Bates's picture

At Comanche Youth Center we work as a team. Each one is a Team Member and we do decision by consensus. Our team do surveys to see what the youth want to do because we are here for the youth. After doing a survey with the youth as a team we develop a plan of action how to make these activities that the youth want to do come alive.

Nelisha Dukes's picture

The decision-making style that is most frequently used at our center is combined. We do surveys and with that data we-the team-begin to develop a plan of action. When a command decision is needed to be made, our supervisory team will consider all matters and take the best course of action that is beneficial to staff, youth, and organization.

Stephanie Childs's picture

Most decisions are made by discussing and taking a vote about certain situations.

Keshia Gray's picture

Decision making style is important as a team but the final decision should come from management.

Jamela Jones-Plater's picture

The decision-making style that is most frequently used at our center is decision by consensus. We work as a team to develop a plan of action.

Vickie G. Jackson's picture

Most decisions are made as a team, but final decisions are made by management team.

Miriam Washington's picture

Decisions are made by staff in-put and meetings.

Gladys Hewing's picture

The decision-making style that is most frequently used at our center is combined. We do surveys and with that data we-the team-begin to develop a plan of action. When a command decision is needed to be made, our supervisory team will consider all matters and take the best course of action that is beneficial to staff, youth, and organization

Della Kidd's picture

Our program would be considered a group. We put our opinions out there and then majority rules. Each person does get to voice their opinion; which is very important for each one to feel inclusive.

Keshia Gray's picture

I believe that it is important to work as a team therefore, everybody feel important and that they contribute their share. As a team the key purpose is to listen to each other and give feedback.

Yvette Wright's picture

Final decisions are made by the highest ranking authority or the manager in charge. In the military a hierarchal structure continue to be in place some input may be requested and the information may or may not be used in final decisions.

Edy McCray's picture

My center makes a team decision by having meetings once a week, talking about what we are going to do and come up with the finally decision as a group. this seems to be more effective this way and what works best for us.

Edy McCray's picture

My center makes a team decision by having meetings once a week, talking about what we are going to do and come up with the finally decision as a group. this seems to be more effective this way and what works best for us.

Eddie Bass II.'s picture

I work with a team that makes decisions by consensus trying to created responsible adults to make their own decisions. There are times that it is minority decision. Members of my teams have specfic skills. I encourage respecting others judgements. I think that having trust goes a long way in working with a team.

Tammy Null's picture

Decision by authority is usually what happens, although input is given and considered by other members.

Migdalia Vega's picture

Teamwork is an effective way to accomplish goals that cannot be achieve by one person alone. Allowing the staff to brainstorm and plan the activities for your youth is a way to incorporate teamwork in our program.

Migdalia Vega's picture

Consensus decision making and providing teamwork is our way to accomplish our goals in our program.

pamela wheat's picture

Vision and mission

pamela wheat's picture

The decision of the majority vote is explained before the votes go in, so that it is understood by youth that the majority will rule

Lonzo Cobaris's picture

Decisions are made by staff in-put and meetings, but final decisions are made by management team.

Lonzo Cobaris's picture

The decision Making Style that is used mostly is decisions by authority.

Dorita Bekker's picture

We mostly use the task team style. We all get a task within the broader project. Managers make sure that every member knows what is expected and then we work from there. Once everyone has completed his/ her task. we put it all together to complete the big project. This happens when we have our family night. It works great since the the whole event involves many different task such as select theme related decor, food, activities and cleaning up.

Dorita Bekker's picture

When building an effective team, individual effort within the team needs to be recognized and acknowledged. It does happen that sometimes effort will get looked over. That should lead to other team members to speak up and not just think about their own success within the workplace.

Roberto Vega's picture

We work together to present to all English courses, so that all 9th graders would gain the same key information about high school success.

Roberto Vega's picture

In our after school program, our team usually makes consensus decisions. One example of how or when we do this is when we sit together to brain storm on our monthly planning. We have large group games on Wednesdays so coming together as to what game/games we will play with the children. Some games work for some leaders better then others. Each member can choose the best fit for the them, but mostly for the children in the program.

Roberto Vega's picture

In our after school program, our team usually makes consensus decisions. One example of how or when we do this is when we sit together to brain storm on our monthly planning. We have large group games on Wednesdays so coming together as to what game/games we will play with the children. Some games work for some leaders better then others. Each member can choose the best fit for the them, but mostly for the children in the program.

Kristina Sanchez's picture

Decision by authority and then by consensus.

Kristina Sanchez's picture

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Christopher Hopkins's picture

I try and involve my staff and the teens in my decisions for the program. There are times when I can't do that, and because of the trust I have built up I am able to do that.

Warren Simpson's picture

We try and involve all staff in the decision makings.