Teamwork Top Tips

  • Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

    Explain your own idea, express your own opinions, listen carefully to others, ask questions based on what others have said and reflect on others ideas. I cannot stress this one enough. Communication in a team is KEY.

  • Trust Yourself But Be Willing To Compromise

    Have faith that your idea is a good one and back yourself but be ready to listen to constructive criticism. Don’t take things too personally and be ready to compromise.

  • Respect Other Team Members Ideas

    Remember, no idea is a bad idea. Try not to shut down other people’s thoughts just because you don’t agree with them. Listen to them and offer your thoughts in a constructive and polite way.

  • Try Having 'Roles' Within The Team

    Such as idea-generator, evaluator, recorder, time-keeper etc. This can keep everyone on track and allow discussion to run smoothly.

  • Have Clear and Logical Objectives

    Make sure everyone on the team has agreed on the end goal and knows what steps need to be taken to achieve it. Having everyone aiming towards the same thing is super important.

  • Be Open-Minded

    Not everyone will want to work in the same way as you and quite often, not everyone will agree with your ideas. Be prepared for this and collaborate with each other to find a way everyone is happy with.

  • Non-Verbal Communication

    It may not always be your time to talk. When someone else is talking ensure you are responding through facial expressions and nodding to show you are listening and you value what they have to say.

  • Be Decisive

    Sometimes a team needs someone to make a decision. Be brave enough to take this risk and make a call if it is something you feel passionate about. If you are going to do this, ensure you have a just reason for your decision, that you’ve listened to everyone’s point of view and that you can justify the choice you have made.

  • Critical-Thinking

    Sometimes working in a team will involve another skill: critical thinking. Be ready to use your brain to overcome any problems the team may face. Think outside of the box and be ready to present your ideas to the group.

  • Be Friendly And Positive

    Working in a team can often be a daunting experience. People will appreciate someone who comes in with a positive attitude and is polite and friendly to other team members.

Some great books to read:

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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
by Patrick M. Lencioni
Extraordinary Groups: How Ordinary Teams Achieve Amazing Results
by Geoffrey M. Bellman and Kathleen D. Ryan
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