Your teamwork training is complete. Before you go, learn the top 10 tips for team building, and find out how to contact the author for questions.
- So that's being a team player. It's a much neglected area, something we take for granted but which often lets organizations or projects down, and it's something which we think we probably can't change in ourselves, but actually there are simple things you can do to become a better team player, things which start as conscious techniques but then become habits over time. And once they've become habits, then they've become part of you, so you've really changed. So I want to leave you with my top 10 of teamworking.
Practice and become great at these 10 things and you'll make a more effective contribution. Firstly, be a great listener. Ask people about themselves and really listen. Don't talk about yourself at all unless they ask you probably twice. Trust people more, give them the initial benefit of the doubt. Help the quiet ones to participate. Ask them for their views, they might be deep thinkers. Reveal a bit more about yourself than you normally would.
Ask for feedback and really take it on board. Think about your weaknesses and get others to cover those for you. Deliberately use your second or third preferred team role rather than always your top one. So don't always be the organizer or the critic or the carer. Suggest that someone, maybe you sometimes, wears the black hat. This is the person whose job it is to think about what might go wrong. Otherwise groups and teams are prone to overoptimism. Appreciate difference.
The people who annoy you are there to do the things that you don't want to. For example, the detail, the questioning, the worrying, the pushing for time, etc. And finally, eat with the others more often than you would've done. The best team bonding happens over food. So there we are. That's the end of this course on how to be a great team player. I hope you've enjoyed it. And if you'd like to keep in contact with me, I'd be delighted to hear about how you get on. Please do connect with me on LinkedIn or check out my blog at chriscroft.co.uk.
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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