There's No "I" In T-E-A-M
Developing a team that works well together can boost productivity and overcome personality conflicts. Keep these points in mind as you lead your “team” into victory.
If Johnny’s getting on your nerves, take a break. Remember, no one is perfect and you just may be getting on Johnny’s nerves, too! Give each other space to be individuals within the team. Also, cut people slack for having an “off” day.
You are on the same team. Each person on your team is working toward the same goal you are – completion of a project. Work together to make sure the project is the focus – not petty differences.
Work teams don’t equal play teams. A team that works together doesn’t necessarily play together. Productive teams can be professional without getting social. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking your teammates also have to be your “buddies.”
Plan to win! A team that fails to plan is a team that plans to fail. Just because you all are working together doesn’t mean that the modus operandi should be “go with the flow.” Make sure each person understands the scope of the project and the individual responsibilities involved.
Celebrate! Once the project has begun, ensure that you make spot checks on each team member’s progress. Celebrate victories along the way.
Voice of the Editor
Which isn’t completely true. I mean, occasionally I drop by when I manage to sneak out of the nonstop frat party over at Going Concern, but I’m mostly a wallflower over there. I’m happy to say that I’ve been given express permission (or explicit orders, if you like) to wander over here to AccountingWEB more often.
Why is that, you might ask? My job is to replace the irreplaceable Gail Perry as Editor-in-Chief. What does that mean? I don’t really know! I think it’ll be fun getting a feel for things, throwing in my own thoughts here and there, and listening to the discussions you’re having about the accounting profession.