It’s not easy to get things done on your own. Always be a team player. Companies often hire people who are not only team players (meaning they work well with others) but are good at building teams. Here are three keys to successful teamwork:
- Unity is Strength
Think about this: is it possible to break a single twig from a tree? Of course it is! But if you put ten twigs together and try to break them, it’s impossible. The collection of twigs is too strong.
The lesson is that alone we are weak, but together we are strong.
- Teams Need Guidelines
Teamwork is based on a simple idea: people can achieve more by working together than they can on their own. However, you need clear guidelines for a team to work well. These guidelines tell everyone how to work together as a team. They can also include information on how people should communicate with one another.
It’s surprising how often people put teams together but don’t explain these guidelines. If you are a team player, encourage the use of these guidelines. If you’re the person putting the team together, make sure everyone agrees on the guidelines from the start. Guidelines are a way for you to talk to the team and understand what they can expect from you. They can also cover subjects such as the attitude you expect from the team, how you want people to work together and what you are all going to create.
- Six Essential Principles
There are six essential principles of teamwork. If you want a team to be successful, everyone has to understand these principles and agree to follow them. Otherwise, the team will fall apart as soon as there are problems. Whenever you lead a team, start by sharing these principles with everyone. You can have a meeting to explain and discuss them. Make sure everyone understands these six principles and agrees to follow them. Perhaps even print them and give a copy to each team member. They will make life easier for everyone.
- Open Communication: Everyone on the team has the right to say what they think and the other team members must listen to them.
- Respect: Team members don’t have to be friends but they must be polite and professional with one another.
- Commitment: Team members must understand the team’s goals and the importance of their individual task or tasks.
- Adaptability: Team members must be open to change. Life is always changing and new problems appear all the time.. Team members must understand that this is normal, and they must be able to adapt.
- Equal Credit: The team must share good and bad. No one should get more credit when things go well, or more blame when things go wrong.
- Feedback: Everyone on the team must know how to give and receive feedback in a polite way that does not include any judgement.
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