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  • Writer's pictureIana Avramova

HOW TO WORK IN(AS) A TEAM?


Teamwork is the collaborative effort of a group to achieve a common goal or to complete a task effectively and efficiently. Teamwork is seen within the framework of a team, which is a group of interdependent individuals who work together towards a common goal.


By pooling together individual team members' unique skills, qualities, and perspectives, a team can achieve collective success that goes beyond what each person could accomplish individually.


The synergy created through collaboration enables teams to tackle challenges, solve problems, and reach goals more effectively and efficiently. Recognizing and leveraging the strengths of each team member contributes to a more comprehensive and well-rounded approach to achieving desired outcomes.


To foster teamwork, we offer you 7 basic rules:


1. Clear Communication:

  • Open and honest communication within the team.

  • Clearly defined roles, responsibilities, and expectations to avoid confusion.

  • Do not interrupt each other while speaking.

2. Respect for Diversity:

  • Acknowledge and appreciate the diversity of skills, experiences, and perspectives within the team.

  • Foster an inclusive environment where every team member feels valued.

  • You can learn more from someone different rather than someone who thinks like

3. Collaborative Decision-Making:

  • Involve all team members in decision-making processes.

  • Decide on a rule for making decisions so nobody will feel left out.

4. Effective Conflict Resolution:

  • Address conflicts promptly and constructively.

  • Encourage open dialogue to find mutually agreeable solutions.

5. Encourage Initiative:

  • Foster an environment where each team member feels empowered to take initiative.

  • Recognise and reward individual contributions to motivate proactive behaviour.

6. Build Trust:

  • Cultivate trust among team members by being reliable and transparent.

  • Trust forms the foundation for effective collaboration and cooperation.

7. Promote a Positive Team Culture:

  • Foster a positive and supportive team culture.

  • Celebrate successes, recognize achievements, and encourage a sense of shared purpose.


Here are two exercises to promote teamwork:


1. IN-PERSON:


Name: The MinefieldObjective: Promote trust, communication, and teamwork.

Materials needed:

• Blindfolds• Obstacle course items (e.g., cones, chairs, or other safe objects)

Instructions:

  • Set up an obstacle course in an open space.

  • Divide the team into pairs. One person in each pair is blindfolded, while the other is the

  • Scatter the obstacles throughout the course.

  • The blindfolded team member must navigate through the "minefield" with guidance

  • Partners take turns being blindfolded and guiding.

  • Debrief the exercise by discussing the importance of trust and communication.

2. ONLINE:


Name: Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Objective: Encourage collaboration, communication, and problem-solving in a virtual

environment.

Instructions:

  • Divide your team into smaller groups (ideally 3-5 members per group).

  • Explain that each group has a limited time to find and gather specific items within their

  • Create a list of items for each team to find. These could be common household items or

  • Use a video conferencing platform to connect with the teams and share the list of items.

  • Set a time limit (e.g., 10-15 minutes) for the teams to search for the items.

  • Once the time is up, teams can present the items they've gathered and share their

  • Debrief the exercise by discussing how teams approached the task, what strategies were effective, and how communication played a role.


ENJOY!

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