T is for Talent By talent, I mean a person’s knowledge or capabilities. It is of course quite necessary for a member of a team to be knowledgeable about the work that his team is going to do. Where can these knowledge be gained? Knowledge can explicitly be learned from some useful handbooks on whatever you are working on. However, implicit knowledge – that which is acquired through experience and practice, is found to be much more useful. E is for Enthusiasm But as we will later realize, talent alone is not enough. A knowledgeable team member must also be enthusiastic. He must seek responsibility, he must find ways to make the talents he has useful. He must always have the energy and the drive to work. Eventually, this enthusiasm will naturally come out of him and he will realize that his example becomes so inspiring and motivating enough for his other teammates to work – without him asking them any demands. A is for Accountability Every member is accountable not only to his team but to all his other work mates. We are not responsible only of ourselves. It is everyone’s responsibility to keep others informed. Whenever someone keeps on forgetting what he needs to do, it is our responsibility to keep him reminded. What he failed to do is a reflection of what we were also not able to do ourselves. M is for Management Every member must know his specialization relative to what his other teammates can do best. A good organization is really needed in proper distribution of work. The best member of any group is he who demands work based on what he can do. When we are assigned to do or work on something, we must also know where to go for help (just in case we couldn’t work out on something), and when those help must be asked. Ultimately, it is every group member’s responsibility to ensure that everyone has a work to do and that every one is always the best man for his job. W is for Work-able When a person has all the talents and the enthusiasm in the world and yet he doesn’t have free time to work, it all turns out useless. Availability of every member is very much needed to work as a team. If no one’s there, who do you expect to pursue the team’s goals? This work-ability is not all about free-time, however, it also entails a large amount of adaptability. Every member must be able to expect different possibilities and must know how to react on them should they arise in the course of events. O is for Openness Understanding among team members is a necessity in every team for every member to be able to work in the best of his abilities. Everyone must be open to new ideas and suggestions. Everyone must have the capability to understand people. It is in keeping the communication lines open that the team can more efficiently achieve its goals. R is for Respect Every team member must be able to practice respect so that he can expect to be respected in return. A team could discuss things and every member could voice out his own opinion in whatever matter they are discussing without degrading his teammate or his teammate’s suggestions no matter how irrational they are. It is one thing to listen and be able to humbly object and it is another thing to just avoid to listen. Whenever a team is brainstorming, everyone must be able to raise his opinions without having any hard feelings. K is for Keenness Keenness is the final key in working as a part of a team. It is more than enthusiasm. Enthusiasm comes before doing the actual work. This keenness – this intensity, is manifested while going through the work itself. It is what pushes us to move on and keep on working until we are finally done.
1. Chapter # 10 Work Team, Team BuildingReferences:http://www.slideshare.net (Good old lessons in teamwork from an age-old fable)Internet Resource person: Furqan-ul-haq Siddiqui
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3. Teamwork is key to Success
4. UNDERSTANDING WORK TEAMS Team consists of employees from diverse managerial and professional backgrounds working for a specific period of time on certain projects. According to Stephen Robbins a work team is a collection of people whose individual efforts result in a level of performance which is greater than the sum of their individual contributions (synergy). Cross-functional, multi-skilled, and self-directed group of employees responsible for its own assignments, cost control, goals, quality control, work orders, work scheduling, and other such duties and tasks. Work teams are most useful where job content changes frequently and employees with limited skills and a specific set of duties are unable to cope.
5. Good old lessons in teamwork from an age-old fable Picture 4 The Tortoise Picture 3 And The Hare
6. Once upon a time a tortoise and ahare had an argument about whowas faster. That’s not true. The fastest runner is me! I’m the fastest Picture 5 runner.
7. They decided to settlethe argument with a race.They agreed on a route Fine!and started off the race. Ok, let’s have Picture 3 a race.
8. The hare shot ahead and ran briskly forsome time. Then seeing that he was farahead of the tortoise, he thought hed situnder a tree for some time and relaxbefore continuing the race. Poor guy! Even if I take a nap, he could not catch up with me.
9. He sat under the tree and soon fellasleep.
10. The tortoise plodding on overtookhim and soon finished the race,emerging as the undisputedchamp.
11. The hare woke up and realized that hedlost the race.
12. The moral of the story is that slow and steadywins the race.This is the version of the story that weve allgrown up with.
13. The story continues …
14. The hare was disappointedat losing the race and hedid some soul-searching.He realized that hed lost Why didthe race only because he I losehad been overconfident, thecareless and lax. If he had race?not taken things forgranted, theres no way thetortoise could have beatenhim.
15. So he challenged thetortoise to another race.The tortoise agreed. Ok. Can we have Picture 2 another race?
16. This time, the hare went allout and ran without stoppingfrom start to finish. He wonby several miles.
17. The moral of the story?Fast and consistent will always beat the slow andsteady. If you have two people in your organization,one slow, methodical and reliable, and the other fastand still reliable at what he does, the fast and reliablechap will consistently climb the organizational ladderfaster than the slow, methodical chap.Its good to be slow and steady; but its better to befast and reliable.
18. But the story doesnt end here …
19. The tortoise did some thinkingthis time, and realized that theresno way he can beat the hare in arace the way it was currentlyformatted. How can I can win the hare?
20. He thought for a while,and then challengedthe hare to another Can we have anotherrace, but on a slightly race? This time we’ll godifferent route. through a different route.The hare agreed. Sure! Picture 2
21. They started off. In keeping withhis self-made commitment to beconsistently fast, the hare took offand ran at top speed until he cameto a broad river. The finishingline was a couple of kilometers Goalon the other side of the river.
22. The hare sat there wondering whatto do. In the meantime the tortoisetrundled along, got into the river,swam to the opposite bank,continued walking and finished therace. What should I do?
23. The moral of the story?First identify your core competency and then change theplaying field to suit your core competency.In an organization, if you are a good speaker, make sure youcreate opportunities to give presentations that enable the seniormanagement to notice you.If your strength is analysis, make sure you do some sort ofresearch, make a report and send it upstairs.Working to your strengths will not only get you noticed, but willalso create opportunities for growth and advancement.
24. The story still hasnt ended …
25. The hare and the tortoise, bythis time, had become prettygood friends and they did some Picture 3thinking together. Both realizedthat the last race could havebeen run much better.
26. So they decided to do thelast race again, but to run Great! I think weas a team this time. could do it much better, if we two help each other. Hi, buddy. How Picture 2 about doing our last race again?
27. They started off, and this time thehare carried the tortoise till theriverbank.
28. There, the tortoise took over andswam across with the hare on hisback.
29. On the opposite bank, the hareagain carried the tortoise and theyreached the finishing linetogether. They both felt a greatersense of satisfaction than theydfelt earlier.
30. The moral of the story?Its good to be individually brilliant and to havestrong core competencies; but unless youre able towork in a team and harness each others corecompetencies, youll always perform below parbecause there will always be situations at whichyoull do poorly and someone else does well.Teamwork is mainly about situational leadership,letting the person with the relevant core competencyfor a situation take leadership.
31. There are more lessons to be learnt from this story.Note that neither the hare nor the tortoise gave up after failures.The hare decided to work harder and put in more effort after hisfailure. The tortoise changed his strategy because he wasalready working as hard as he could.In life, when faced with failure, sometimes it is appropriate towork harder and put in more effort. Sometimes it is appropriateto change strategy and try something different. And sometimes itis appropriate to do both.The hare and the tortoise also learnt another vital lesson. Whenwe stop competing against a rival and instead start competingagainst the situation, we perform far better.
32. To sum up, the story of the hare and tortoise teaches us many things: Never give up when faced with failure Fast and consistent will always beat slow and steady Work to your competencies Compete against the situation, not against a rival. Pooling resources and working as a team will always beat individual performers
33. Let’s go and build stronger teams! Just remember the HOW…..! word TEAMWORK  Twelve Cs for Team Building as a guideline. 2. Clear Expectations: 3. Context T is for Talent 4. Commitment E is for Enthusiasm 5. Competence A is for Accountability 6. Charter M is for Management 7. Control W is for Work-able 8. Collaboration W is for Work-able 9. Communication 10. Creative innovation O is for Openness 11. Consequences R is for Respect 12. Coordination K is for Keenness 13. Cultural Change