Teamwork is More Than Just a Word

We all say things like, “Collaboration is key” or “It was a team effort.” Cliches that you want to be true, that you may even believe in.

Of course two heads are better than one, we all admit this, but when it comes time to work on a key piece of the puzzle, we fight ourselves for the time, energy and creativity to get it accomplished. Why don’t we ask for help? Why don’t we practice what we preach and admit that we all have our strengths and weaknesses, and it’s okay–NO, it’s better to lean on someone occassionally?

Until we take a closer look at each team member’s passions, fortes and professional goals, we will never fully be a team. How can you accomplish all aspects of a project successfully and to its fullest potential without soliciting input from those you are supposed to be working with? You can’t. You won’t. You’ll fail.

And something I rarely hear touched on in regards to teamwork: Everyone must have their role and everyone must have their will. We know that each member will have certain responsibilities, but each member must also have a team attitude to do whatever is needed of them. When everyone knows their marching orders, is responsible for items that pull on their strengths, and refuse to use the words “That’s not my job” or think “I’m above that,” then, and only then, will you have a successful team.

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3 responses to “Teamwork is More Than Just a Word

  1. Great Post Meg! True teamwork/collaboration is well worth striving for. It takes a strong sense of self and as you stated “each member must also have a team attitude to do whatever is needed of them”.

    I’m also reminded of Tuckman’s model, which states that all teams go through 4 stages of development. Forming, Storming, Norming and ultimately Performing.

    Every time a team member changes, the team as a whole begins the process all over again. Sometimes they move quickly through the process and other times they will struggle. It’s through recognition of the process that teams are able to move quickly and achieve more. The process builds the trust and relationships that are necessary.

    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forming,_storming,_norming_and_performing)

    Thanks for sharing your insights!

    • Meg Hasten

      Thanks for adding to the conversation Mark–Tuckman’s model is incredibly relevant and I’ve certainly seen it in action in our office. Thanks also for the link to learn more–always nice to get feedback!

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