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28 Jan 2012, 04:39
All groups and organizations should function as teams in which everyone makes decisions and shares responsibilities and duties. Giving one person central authority and responsibility for a project or task is not an effective way to get work done.

This is for the Issue Essay.

My response:

They say hundred brains is always better than one smart brain. In most cases, it always turns out to be effective when multiple people from different backgrounds work on a specific problem. Different people look at the same situation differently, and come up with different viewpoints and solutions. So, it is agreed that teamwork helps in most cases. But. who in the team should take the responsibility and the ownership of the duties. Should each and everyone in the team be given a decision making responsibilty or should it be only a few who call the shots and the rest follow them?

In my view, when you're dealing with a team, you're essentially dealing with many people and their egos. For a task to be effectively completed by a team, it is vital that the team be managed effectively. In a team, everybody must feel to be important. The project or task should be divided into smaller modules and each of the members should be given responsibility to one of the modules. Each of the members will take the decision and are responsible for the respective modules. This makes them feel important and gives them the freedom and the responsibilty of the task, making them feel important.

But at the same time, you need to have the one central person of to manage everything and who is responsible for the project. The purpose of having one central person is different to the purpose of having multiple people share the responsibilities. There should be one person who is centrally responsible for the project because this person is the one point contact person for other entities outside the project. If we don't have a central person, other entities will face trouble to understand whom to contact to understand the project overall. Because we will have multiple people, it becomes difficult for entities outside to understand what is happening in this project.

So, to conclude, I partially agree with the author that the responsibilities and the duties should be shared among all the members in a team to get work done effectively. But, there is also a need of one central person who acts as a single point of contact for everything regarding this project. This helps easy communication with entities outside the project.
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