Self Directed Work Teams
Self-Directed Work Teams are small teams that exist to do certain large tasks. Work Teams that are self-directed are left to get on with things in their own way, with a large amount of responsibility for what they are doing. When a Self-Directed Work Team (SDWT) has a clear aim, a positive culture, and a willingness to learn and to get things done, they can allow your Jewish organisation to reach its highest potential.
What is a Self-Directed Work Team?
A Self-Directed Work Team exists of anywhere from four to twenty people. In a Jewish setting it is unlikely that an SDWT will be much larger than ten people. An SDWT could be used to organise a large event such as a weekend away, a ball, or even the educational programme for an entire local Jewish student group.
To set up a Self-Directed Work Team it isn't enough merely to tell a group of people to do a certain job and leave them to it. The SDWT must be set up in the right way. SDWTs share the following characteristics:
Can a SDWT work everywhere?
What are the basic steps necessary to implement a SDWT?
A member of the team who, in addition to doing real work with the team, also ensures that the entire team works well. This works by making sure everybody knows what the goals are, is doing their job properly, and is motivated to work hard.
Somebody, often outside the team, who is able to guide the team through new experiences, train them in new skills, provide a 'big picture' view of the team's position and help the team learn how to get unstuck. The coach could typically be a union committee member, or even an 'older statesman/stateswoman' type figure.