Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

The power of  Teamwork

The power of  Teamwork

Whenever we hear the word ‘teamwork’ the first thing that comes to our mind is people playing sports.  However, team work doesn’t happen only in sports. Teamwork is extremely important to the success of any team, be it school, sports or work.

There are times when we wish that life would be great if it weren’t for other people. Yet, it’s with the help of these other people we achieve success or rewards. We must accept that people differ in their personalities and attitudes and if we can understand this, it’s easier to get along with others. Can you imagine working on a project all by yourself without any assistance from your colleagues?

Your office is a place where you have no choice but to coordinate and work with other people. So, it is important to get along with your colleagues and work productively.  Sometimes workplace becomes very stressful as you will have team members who are argumentative, or would like to boss around by doing all the talking or there are some who would chose to ignore you altogether! How many of us can really claim to be good teammates?

“Team work is being an effective group member”

All team members have talents and it is good to bring out everyone’s ideas and work together with the best idea.

Why is it so important to work together?

  • It allows goals to be reached in an efficient and timely manner
  • It combines many different skills from many people, allowing achievements to be made that could not be made alone
  • It builds intelligence. We get to share each other’s expertise and thereby improve on our knowledge.
  • A successful team is actually helping the organisation bring in more business and thereby grow.
  • Generating New Business Improvement Ideas
  • Teamwork breeds healthy competition.

 

How to become a more effective team member?

  • Respect: It is essential to understand and respect others in the team. One can minimize conflicts by having respect for each other’s competencies, opinions and actions. This will enhance productivity.
  • Strong leadership: It is important to have an efficient leader, one who gives importance to team goals over his individual goals. One who is capable of showing direction and ensuring that the team members remain focused towards the goal.
    • Be Helpful: Help your teammates and your leader. Share the workload.  If your peer is stuck with an issue, assist in solving the issue. However, keep in mind that you don’t do all his / her work or you might neglect your own duties!
    • Individual responsibility and accountability: The team must agree on what needs to be done and by whom. And also be aware that that they can be held accountable for their work and they can hold the others accountable for their work.
    • Participate / Communicate: It is important that you participate wholeheartedly in conference calls, meetings / discussions. Do speak your mind freely without being rude. Allow others to give their suggestions too. Listen with interest. Don’t be the dominating one as it can be very annoying.
    • Keep the common goal in mind: Remember that the focus is ‘common goal’. Often, individual members of a team seem to venture in their own directions, without considering the overall goal of the project. This leads to issues amongst team members and also could delays projects.
  • Conflict management: It is mandatory to resolve conflicts within the team. Even critical issues, when dealt with maturity, can be resolved easily without leaving a scar. Differences in opinion should not come in the way of the team’s performance.

To work together successfully, team members must show a sense of unity. An interesting concept I have come across is

T – Together

E – Everyone

A – Achieves

M – More

By following the above steps, increasing the ownership /accountability in your team, you can build trust and respect in the workplace. Hope this article has been helpful.

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