November 10, 2007 | Goals, Motivation, Success, Teamwork | Sandye

Thoughts from Sandye Linnetz, Systems Goddess, Process Prodigy

When two or more come together to achieve a common goal, we have a team; and we all recognize the value of a team over working alone. Consider, if you will, a few anonymous quotes:

• Two heads are better than one...
• The whole is greater than the sum of the parts...
• Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results
• TEAM = Together Everyone Achieves More
• Coming together, sharing together, working together, succeeding together.
• Teamwork divides the task and doubles the success.

Test time! Ask yourself (and your team members) if you are working together to achieve maximum results. This can be used as a very effective tool to use at the beginning of your next team meeting. Give everyone a few minutes to take the test and then... discuss. You may be surprised at the results. Talk about what works... what doesn't work... and together, design the possibility of a TEAM THAT WORKS.
(Ask yourself, as you look at these questions, do I do this rarely? sometimes? often?)

Know & support the overall purpose and goals of your team?
Know each team member's responsibilities - including your own?
Stay focused on the team purpose/goals?
Do what you say you will do and follow through in all areas?
Take responsibility for your results?
Take responsibility for team results?
Open yourself to the opinions of others?
Contribute & participate?
Get your message across to the team?
Actively listen?
Use a respectful tone with others?
Avoid labeling and judging?
Keep an open mind?
Look for possible consensus?
Find areas of agreement in team conflicts?
Complain only to those who can do something about the problem?
Open yourself to new ideas?
Give useful feedback?
Accept feedback?
Expose problems when they arise?
Tackle problems when they arise?
Acknowledge others for what they do?
Make a positive difference on your team?

Okay, team players... fill it in and get to work. A team works when there is teamwork!

© 2007 Beth Schneider, Process Prodigy, Inc.
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