Team Empowerment: A Simple and Easy Solution

Team Empowerment: A Simple and Easy Solution

Team Empowerment: A Simple and Easy Solution by Mary Ann Smiley

Mary Ann Smiley’s article on team empowerment shows the contribution of weaknesses and strengths in team’s zeal to achieve success. Smialek shows how proper evaluation and analysis of the strengths and weaknesses offers simple and easy solutions to often challenges. The paper provides a summary of the article and the knowledge I have acquired from reading the article.

The Summary Of the Team Empowerment

Team empowerment is targeted at arriving at successful solutions to problems within a reasonable time duration. The Quality Empowerment Survey for Teams (QUEST) helps teams to note the challenges inhibiting their success and advising each member in the group to focus on the strengths of the group (Smialek, 1998 pg. 63). Indeed, the teams expand the knowledge of the interaction and the effectiveness of fostering skills required to achieve the teams’ empowerment. For instance, QUEST attributes that abilities, skills and understanding acquaint the team members with strengths that help the group realize success. With the growing frequency, the success of the team will prove that values such as working with data, improving the processes, working cooperatively and focusing on the customers are fundamental to realizing more effective organization.

What I Have Learned From the Article

I have learned that the success of a group depends a lot on how the members handle the strengths and weaknesses within the group. Indeed, one serves as the solution to the effects of the other; when the group works to analyze the strengths and the gaps, the focus turns to overcome the weaknesses of the individual group members by empowering the strengths to attain the set objectives. I have also learned that the failure of group members to listen to one another while addressing the challenges makes the group unable to be successful. Honestly, the Organizational Theory to Build Organizational Empowerment suggests the need to accommodate the weaknesses and use strengths to help attain groups’ success (Francescato, and Abler, 2015 pg. 718).  Indeed, in team A, the crash of listening skills among the members delays its success. Such also draws me to the implications that the weakness of a group is the determinant of the success it can achieve since most of the group fail while addressing the deficiencies.



Francescato, D. And Abler, M.S., 2015. Learning From Organizational Theory to Build Organizational Empowerment. Journal of Community Psychology43(6), Pp.717-738.

Smialek, M.A., 1998. Team Empowerment: A Simple and Easy Solution. Quality Progress31(9), P.65.