Whether you work in an office or on a construction site, unless you are hermit, you are part of a team. So, how’s your team working? Have you ever struggled to “click” with your co-workers? Whether you see the differences as a matter of age, stage in life, or philosophy, those gaps surely make it more of a challenge to work together to achieve a common goal.
Hi and welcome to BarrWorld.com where we look at your goals and how you can achieve them. The importance of team work is paramount to achieve your goals. No one is an island and theirs is a number of teams that you are on. You have your family team and you have social teams and of course you have business teams.
You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want—Zig Ziglar
Of course, it’s important to be recognized for your individual achievements. However, wouldn’t it be nice to also receive kudos for your great teamwork skills, despite your differences?
The good news is this is a learn-able skill and therefore you have the ability to become that valued team player! And even better, your career will benefit immensely from your team skills.
Apply these ideas and you’ll be a star on your team:
2 Ask work-related questions. When you’re unsure of factors related to a work project, approach a co-worker working on the same job and to try to clarify your questions.
• Reaching out to others shows your willingness to accept information from co-workers in order to do your best work.
• Plus, this behavior demonstrates your respect for your co-workers and their input.
3 Celebrate even the smallest successes. When a co-worker completes part of a project or resolves a minor issue, make it a point to comment on it. Show you notice the contributions of your co-workers through your words.
4 Show openness about your work plan. Prior to proceeding with your work on a project, tell involved co-workers what you plan to do.
• When you speak to your co-workers about the direction you’re heading in the work you’re doing, it promotes open communication and shows you’re using a team approach.
Use “we” when talking with co-workers. When you use “we,” it pulls all of you together to work for a common cause.
• When you and your co-workers feel a part of something greater than yourselves, you’ll be amazed at the things you can achieve together.
6 Return the favor. When a co-worker chips in to help or finishes a task to assist you in completing a project, remember to return the favor. Help them out when they need a boost with their big project.
7 Avoid pointing out the errors of your co-workers. Calling attention to the mistakes of others is rarely the way to go. It certainly won’t earn you any brownie points with anyone.
• It may sound cliché, but everyone makes mistakes and you likely won’t want someone bringing up your faux pas to the group, so don’t do it to others.
• Take the attitude that you’ll instead try to learn from the mistakes of others.
8 Be generous. Of course, it would be nice if you received special recognition for whatever you contributed to someone else’s project, but it may not happen all the time.
• If you approach a job with the idea that, above all, you want to be an effective team player, you’ll be recognized for your stellar individual skills at some point.
Being a team player will help you achieve the successful life you desire. Plus, you’ll probably make some friends and learn something of great value in the process. When you can demonstrate you fully understand the importance of contributing to the team, you’ll eventually win the game.
God Bless and chat soon