How is your teamwork and collaboration?
Individuals are engaged in a multitude of teams and each team is trying to attain a goal.
Take a few seconds to reflect on the number of teams you are actively involved in, professional and personal. Can you clearly define the goal of each team? Are there values and beliefs that assist you with group norms? If these answers are not clear have a discussion with team members.
If you don’t know where you are going, you are following others, awareness provides you with the knowledge required to lead.
Teamwork and collaboration are important soft skills to develop. The Institute for Social and Emotional Intelligence® identifies teamwork and collaboration as one of ten management of other competencies in there Social + Emotional Intelligence Profile (SEIP®). Individuals who have a strong teamwork and collaboration competency share several characteristics:
Individuals learn how to effectively collaborate with others toward a shared goal through experiential learning.
In pre-school kids learn how to share and as language progresses collaborate to achieve goals. A group of children may decide to make a sand castle, defined goal. Watch the dynamics that occur in the sand box. Do you see a leader, follower, anyone not focused on the goal, what percentage of the children/team are focused on the task? Does the task get done?
As we grow tasks increase in difficulty, objectives and roles change there are more people in the sandbox in multiple contexts flexibility becomes an increasingly important S+EI© competency to assess and attain.
Awareness of self and other as well as management of self and other skills is key to engage effectively. S+EI® can be enhanced to infinity and beyond unlike intellect (IQ). Each time an individual works within a group successfully, reaching a goal, the behavior is reinforced.
It is important to address unsportsmanlike behavior and provide redirection in either sandbox if you are to reach the group goal.
Individuals who are challenged in environments where teamwork and collaboration are expected may exhibit these characteristics:
Being able to identify these debilitating team behaviors and engage in difficult but caring conversations with a group member is essential.
Sometimes a fellow team member who has a positive relationship may be able to help a co-worker but often outside support is required.
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