Learn how to time your contributions to a team, by knowing your strengths at each step in the process. It could be you excel at generating ideas, communicating with others, or getting things done.
- You might have certain abilities or skills…that aren't needed all the time.…For example, creative people are great…at the start of a project,…but the last thing you want is someone having more ideas…just when you've nearly finished.…Or even half-way through, when the plan is in full-swing.…So ideally, that creative person…would switch off their creativity…once the plan has been agreed,…and then use a different part of their skill set,…maybe helping with the work of implementation…or going into quality control mode.…
So the idea is to know what your strengths are…at all phases of a project.…The main phases are as follows.…The Direction-setting phase, when the best contributions…are to suggest big, long-term goals,…to set up processes and assign roles to people.…Who's going to do what?…How much planning time should we have?…That kind of thing.…Then there's the Planning phase,…where the main tasks to be done are…generating ideas, followed by assessing,…and getting the ideas boiled down to one plan.…
How can you contribute to this?…
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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
Skill Level Beginner
1. The Importance of Teams
2. What Makes a Great Team?
3. Your Responsibility to Other Team Members
4. Becoming a Better Team Member
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