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Based on our text, Communication at Work, an effective group has eight features. These attributes include: clear and inspirational shared aims; a results driven structure; competent team members; unified dedication; collaborative climate; standards of excellence; outside support and recognition; and principled leadership. A team goes through four phases in becoming an effective team; forming, storming, norming, and performing (Adler and Elmhorst, 240, 251). Most of the qualities of an effective team are attracted to the staff by one or more members, others are formed through the development procedure. In the modern environment of companies doing business in an international economy, teamwork is essential. "Employees working in effective teams help boost productivity, worker involvement, and participation, while reducing prices and aligning organizational structure (Adams, 2003). By comparison, ineffective teams can cause increased prices, waste valuable time, and contribute to declines in market share (Ross, Jones, and Adams, 2008)" quotations Jean McAtavey and Irena Nikolovska in a post in Human Resource Development Quarterly. Today, teamwork can be found in almost all offices. Effective teams have to be developed, not only shaped. A group isn't a team. Members of a group may sometimes work together, but members of a staff always work together. The staff need not all be at precisely the same location to be functioning together. "Having a group, the whole is usually equal to or less than the number of its components; using a staff, the whole is always higher" (Oakley, Brent, Felder and Elhajj, 2004). A staff, as defined above, has certain characteristics which make it powerful. Not every one of these traits exist when a group is at the forming stage. Tea...