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.


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