Monday, November 22, 2010

Teamwork – Is it Underrated or Overrated?

It depends...

If it means working collegially and listening to — and understanding — other members of the team, in order to determine best approaches, then it is.

If it means "toeing the corporate line", "not upsetting the apple cart", or "maintaining a civil workplace", then it isn't.

How do team leaders build dynamic teams?

Sound leadership is a key element in building sound teams. Through example, team leaders should be able to establish and maintain positive working environments, and to motivate and invigorate team members.

Open communication is a vital factor in the interpersonal interactions of teams. Team members must be able to articulate their thoughts and feelings, contribute ideas, resolve professional differences, and assess the viewpoints of the other team members.

Making certain that each team member understands the role of the team, and of each of its members, is also essential — from the outset.

How can team members contribute to team effectiveness?

Teams need effective team players to perform well. But what makes an effective team player?

  • They are dependable and participate fully (they carry their own weight).
  • They listen actively, and communicate honestly and openly.
  • They willingly share their information, knowledge and experience.
  • They cooperate to solve problems and to get work done.
  • They are flexible and demonstrate commitment to the team.

Teamwork can be a blast!

"One piece of log creates a small fire, adequate to warm you up, add just a few more pieces to blast an immense bonfire, large enough to warm up your entire circle of friends; needless to say that individuality counts, but team work dynamites." — Jin Kwon

Leaman Long, B.A., B.Ed.
Y2 Consulting Psychologists

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