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How is your team working?

21 Mar 2013 11:43 AM | Kathie Rotz

The quality most needed among teammates amidst the pressure of a difficult challenge is collaboration. Becoming a collaborative team player requires a change in four areas:


1.Perception: See teammates as collaborators, not competitors-completing one another is more important than competing with one another.


2.Attitude: Be supportive, not suspicious, of teammates-if you trust people, you will treat them better. And both you and they will be more likely to create collaborative relationships.


3.Focus: Concentrate on the team, not yourself-author Cavett Roberts points out, "True progress in any field is a relay race and not a single event." If you focus on the team and not just yourself, you will be able to pass the baton when necessary.


4.Results: Create great victories through multiplication-collaboration has a multiplying effect on everything you do, because it releases and harnesses not only your skills but those of everyone on the team.


The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player, John Maxwell



Please share other team work articles and suggestions that you recommend!


  • 31 Mar 2013 7:36 AM | Gale Mote
    Of course I would recommend first Pat Lencioni's Five Dysfunctions of a Team as a great read as it discusses the need for trust, open communication, commitment and accountability to maximize collective results. Another great resource is Building Conflict Competent Teams by Craig Runde and Tim Flanagan. They help teams identify how to build the right culture for conflict along with some excellent techniques for engaging in the process.
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