“None of us is as smart as all of us”, said Ken Blanchard. Teamwork is an essential skill that can often be overlooked.
By working together, members of a group have the opportunity to become familiar with each other, and can learn many skills along the way.
What is teamwork? There are many different views of teamwork, so this question can have a variety of answers!
We like to think of teamwork as an important element that combines the individual strengths of organizational members who are working towards a common goal.
“The 3 C’s”: Three major components of teamwork to keep in mind:
Communication: A key point in teamwork is communication. Members have to interact with not only each other, but managers, directors, and external clients as well. Understanding what to communicate, who to communicate with, and when to communicate is critical.
Commitment: Before teamwork can even occur, each member needs to display a sense of commitment to the desired goal of the organization. The best way to do this is to establish trust. By trusting in the team leadership and the vision, commitment will slowly but surely be built by each team member.
Consideration: Teamwork is a process that involves joining the knowledge, skills, and experiences of different people. To create an effective system of teamwork, each member should have a mutual respect for ideas and suggestions that may be different than their own. Taking the time to consider new points of view and keeping an open mind is an important step towards establishing teamwork.
We all know the old phrase “two heads are better than one”, and this proves to be true when teamwork is involved.
Firstly, teamwork helps teach conflict resolution skills. Differences will arise when working with others, and collaborating with each other forces team members to come up with a resolution. Another benefit of teamwork is that members are exposed to fresh ideas and unique perspectives. By combining the strengths of individuals, learning and personal growth will occur.
Here are our best tips for improving teamwork in an organization:
Establish organizational goals: knowing the goals helps members to focus on achieving the task.
Clarify individual roles: This helps to lower the chances of miscommunication.
Organize regular team meetings: Team members will become more comfortable around one another, and will have the opportunity to openly express their thoughts and ideas.
Building an effective teamwork system takes time and patience, but following these simple strategies is sure to help.