Chances are the project your team is working on won't be your last. Keep in mind that the process for how you derive your team results is as important—if not more important than the actual outcome. Exemplary teammates approach each team project with the long term in mind. They focus on how the team gets the work done, not just the project outcome.
- Chances are the project your team is working on won't be your last. At the end of the day the outcome your team delivers is important but the process for how you go about getting these results is also critical. Exemplary teammates approach each team project with the long term in mind. They focus on how the team gets the work done. Not just the team's outcomes. For the team this is important because it effects your ongoing work together. For you personally it's tied to your professional reputation.
How do you demonstrate that you're strategically focused on the big picture rather than bogged down on the minutia of your team's tasks? Well, you show that you can balance your work with your working relationships, learn from mistakes and demonstrate flexibility. Let's start with the first. Balancing everything that comes your way can be a struggle at times. It's easy to get tunnel vision and focus so closely on getting work accomplished that you lose sight of the bigger picture.
In our haste to deliver results we can alienate or even neglect our teammates. Try to find a good balance between the project you're working on and your working relationships with the people on your team. Maintaining a healthy relationship is important for getting the job done because you rely on each other to complete the team's tasks. Because they recognize the interdependence of working on teams, ideal teammates try to avoid making mistakes. But despite your best intentions things don't go the way we plan all the time.
We're going to make mistakes. We can learn a lot about ourselves and each other based on how we respond to setbacks. Strong teammates learn from mistakes that you and your teammates make. Don't make them a bigger deal than they have to be. Address them and then move on. If you value the people more than the outcome you'll respond to mistakes with grace. We all need a little space for when things don't go as planned. Change is inevitable and often happens unexpectedly.
This is why ideal teammates anticipate change and are ready to adapt as needed. Try to demonstrate flexibility with your teammates. At the end of the day you need to get the job done. A great teammate is willing to roll up his or her sleeves and complete the outstanding tasks even if it isn't something you want to do. You may be able to get away with a by any means necessary approach once or twice. But it typically leads to damaged relationships that get in the way of future progress.
Remember the people on your team are critical for accomplishing your collective goals. Once you complete the project or task in front of you there will likely be another one down the line. With these or other teammates. By balancing the project work and the people on your team learning from mistakes and demonstrating flexibility, you'll show that you're an asset to any team.
- List benefits of putting your team’s needs before your own.
- Name the qualities of a teammate who is considered to be reliable.
- Explain what it means to be proactive.
- Recognize the importance of adjusting to the collaborative decision of the team.
- Recall the attributes displayed by a strategically focused team member.