Nobody's perfect but a team can be, helping each other's weaknesses and on off days. To be the best you need specialists (quarterbacks, receivers, kickers, etc.) Learn how teamwork helps get the job done.
- I don't think I'm a natural team player. And I'm certainly not very good at following instructions. I'd rather be in charge. My ideal team size is one. So, it doesn't always come naturally to me and I don't think being a great team player comes naturally to anyone. The person who just blends in and does whatever their colleagues want is also not really an all around team player. Because they probably won't point out snags in the plan, or take unpopular decisions, or challenge others who aren't contributing to the team.
Lots of things need to be done in a team and we can't possibly all be naturals at doing all of them. Nobody can do everything and nobody is perfect, but a team can be. And a team can cover every skill that's needed. So, a team is really the only way to get something difficult done. Partly, this is about specialists. You might need a quarterback, some receivers, maybe a kicker who only comes on for a couple of minutes in the whole match but does something that nobody else can do, etcetera.
But it's also about helping each other with their weaknesses. The trouble is that teams are also a bit of a nightmare. Everyone has their own views and the people who we need because they're different to us are often the people we don't really like because they're different to us. But bizarrely, only 10% of our happiness comes from things we own and 90% of our happiness comes from our relationships with other people. So, like it or not, teams are essential to our happiness in life as well as our performance.
And that's what this course is about. How can we make the best of this unavoidable, often difficult, important, and potentially enjoyable situation?
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- Getting the job done
- Dividing up the work
- Cultivating communication
- Handling conflict
- Delivering reliably
- Playing more than one role
- Using your strengths and dealing with your weaknesses