Igniting Workplace Enthusiasm

Principles for Team Building

November 28, 2012 01:52 PM

Principles for Team Building

1. Keep Busy
Sometimes there is so much going on in a team project that we don't know where to start. It's better to dive in and make something happen than it is to wait and be tentative. Other team members appreciate colleagues who get busy and move the team effort forward.


2. Cooperate with the inevitable
Everyone has worked with a team member who overreacted to every crisis, no matter how small. Not only is it disruptive to the team, but it accomplishes nothing. Every organization has inherent, inevitable challenges like production delays, weather, sales cycles, shipping and receiving errors, staffing challenges, and so on. Deal with it.


3. Try to profit from your losses
Every team challenge offers an opportunity to create better organizational skills, processes, or relationships. When you view setbacks as opportunities to improve and grow, your attitudes and your chances for success improve dramatically.


4. Do the very best you can
When team efforts fail to turn out as planned, you feel stressed and worried. It's even worse when you know that you could have tried harder and done better. When you apply this principle, you guarantee that you will always feel a sense of pride in your work.


5. Clear your workspace
A clean workspace clears your mind, just as a cluttered, disorganized workspace confuses you and slows you down. You likely have common workspaces that you share with others. You help the entire team by keeping those spaces organized and by cleaning up your own messes.


6. Prioritize
Being a member of a work team often means being in the center of shifting priorities. One of your most important challenges is to sort out those priorities and act on them as quickly as possible. This might mean negotiating conflicting priorities within the team. Other members of the team respect and understand shifting priorities when you explain them thoughtfully and honestly.


7. Solve problems immediately
Procrastination undermines effective teamwork. As team members, you feel anxious and stressed when responsibilities pile up. Other team members will appreciate when you can sort out an issue and deal with it efficiently.


8. Put enthusiasm into your work
Everyone has worked with a team member whose lack of energy and enthusiasm brings down the rest of the team. Despite setbacks, obstacles, and frustrations, it is your responsibility as team professionals to maintain your own personal level of enthusiasm and take on your responsibilities with an upbeat attitude.


9. Expect ingratitude
In today's professional work environment, everyone on the team is expected to work hard and do their best. There isn't necessarily someone telling you what a great job you are doing. In fact, many people may not fully appreciate how much work you do to further the team effort. Waiting for compliments can be an exercise in frustration. When you don't expect gratitude, it means even more when you get it.


10. Don't fuss about trifles
One of the keys to being an effective team member is having the ability to keep things in perspective. There is rarely enough time for anyone to get worked up over insignificant issues. As a team professional, sort out the important concerns from the unimportant ones and avoid wasting time on meaningless issues.




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