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February 2008

 

Tips For Teamwork

To gain the benefits and rewards of effective teamwork each member must do their part.  The Team is as strong as its strongest link. 

The Team has a role, the Team Leader has a role, the Team Member has a role.  Each Member must choose independently to work interdependently.

Want effective Teamwork?  Try these actions.

Team Members Actions

  • Strengthen your team through your own behaviors of commitment, cooperation, communication, and contribution.
  • Thank people (in person, in writing, and in public) when they perform behaviors which support the team, team members, or the team’s goals.
  • Communicate face-to-face (on any issue involving emotional content).
  • Develop a “Personal Mission” which supports the Team's Mission.
  • Set a goal for personal levels of innovative ideas (one per month or more).
  • Learn how achieving your goals helps your team achieve its goals.
  • Give listening opportunities a chance, assume good motive, and allow time for practice and development on the part of the listener.

Team Actions

  • Develop a “Team Mission” which supports and builds on your organization's Mission.
  • Develop opportunities for the team to listen to each of its members.
  • Measure all goals against the “SMART” criteria.  Are goals: Specific, Measurable, Ambitious, Realistic, Time-dated?
  • Be certain that each individual’s activities contribute to the Team’s goals.
  • Set objective, external standards against which to measure Team progress.

Team Leader Actions

  • Strengthen your team through your own behaviors of commitment, cooperation, communication, and contribution.
  • Thank people (in person, in writing, and in public) when they perform behaviors which support the you, the team, team members, or the team’s goals.
  • Create an “office hour” once a week or month when Team Members can come to your office just to talk, just to be listened to, on any topic whatever.
  • Eliminate any system in which team members compete formally against each other or any team competes formally against any other internal team.
  • Create ways to link team and individual success, so that the individual only wins if the team wins.

 



 

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