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Pt. 3/ Teamwork: Soft Skills for the Workplace

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Ron De Guzman

on 9 June 2014

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Transcript of Pt. 3/ Teamwork: Soft Skills for the Workplace

Do you like your job?
Do you want to keep your job?
Part 3
of Soft Skills for Workplace Success

"I'll give you some of MINE, if you give me some of YOURS"
Which Shape are You?
Elements of Teamwork
The ability to work as part of a team is the most important skills in today's job market.
Working cooperatively
Contributing to groups with ideas, suggestions, and effort
Communication (both giving and recieving)
Sense of responsibilty
Healthy respect for different for different opinions, customs, and individual preferences
Ability to participate in group decision-making
Teamwork on the Job
The importance of teamwork is undeniable.
Here is a list of some benefits of teamwork:
Teamwork is an essential part of workplace success. Like a basketball team working together to set up the perfect shot, every team member has a specific role to play in accomplishing tasks on the job.

Although it may seem as if one player scored the basket, that basket was made possible by many people's planning, coordination, and cooperation to get that player the ball.
Employers look for people who not only know how to work well with others, but who understand that not every player on the team can or will be the one who gets the ball.
When everyone in the workplace works together to accomplish goals, everyone achieves more.
Teamwork involves building relationships and working with other people using a number of important skills and habits:
Employers are looking for workers who can contribute their own ideas, but also want people who can work with others to create and develop projects and plans.
When employees work together to accomplish a goal, everyone benefits.
Employers might expect to "see" this in action in different ways.
Team members in the workplace:
Plan ahead
Work cooperatively to assign tasks
Asses progress
Deliver on time
Effective team members have professional discussions during which differing approaches and opinions might be shared and assessed in a respectful manner.
Even when certain employees end up with tasks that were not their choices,
get done with limited complaints because it is in the spirit of teamwork and with the overall goal in mind.
A leader or manager may often serve as the teamwork facilitator. In this case, team members participate in:
Carry out assigned tasks
Defer to the leader in the best interest of the goal
Agreement is wonderful, but not always possible, and an assigned leader will often support and facilitate the decision-making necessary for quality teamwork to exist.
Part of becoming a functional member of a team is learning to understand what you bring to the group and what you might need from others.
Think about what it takes from each person of a team to make a team really work?
What individual skills do you have related to team work? And what areas of strenghts do you have and what area can you improve on?
Part of being a good team member is learning how to understand your personal strenghts (what you have to offer) AND where you might need to draw assistance from others.
Here are 10 characteristics that make a productive team member: rate your level of confidence in each skill (HONESTLY)
You can be counted on to get the job done.
Effective Communicator
You express your thoughts and ideas clearly and directly, with respect for others.
Active Listener
You listen to and respect different points of view. Others can offer you constructive feedback - and you don't get upset or defensive.
You are prepared - and get involved in team activities. You are regular contributer.
Shares Openly and Willingly
You are willing to share information, experience, and knowledge with the group.
You work with other members of the team to accomplish the job - no matter what.
You adapt easily when the team changes direction or you're asked to try something new.
You are responsible and dedicated. You always give your best effort.
Problem Solver
You focus on solutions. You are good about not going out of your way to find fault in others.
You treat other team members with courtesy and consideration - all of the time.
There are some people who believe there are five basic personality types, and each type tends to prefer a different shape. Knowing whether you, your co-workers and friends are squares, rectangles, circles, triangles, or squiggles just might help you build better careers, teams, and friendships.
Here is what each shape might say about you - and how you can recognize other peopel for their shapes.
If you are a Square:
You are an organized, logical, and hardworking person who likes structure and rules. But sometimes you have trouble making decisions because you always want more information. You feel most comfortable in a stable environment with clear directions on what to do. You tend to like things that are regular and orderly. You will work on a task until it is finished, no matter what.
If you are a Rectangle:
You are a courageous (brave), exciting, and inquisitive explorer, who always searches for ways to grow and change. You enjoy trying things you've never done before and love asking questions that have never been asked. You like structure, and will often be the person to be sure things are done the proper way, taking all the rules and regulations into consideration. When you are given a task you will start organizing it to be sure it can be done in the ost systematic way.
If you are a Triangle:
You are a born leader who's competitive, confident, and can make decisions. You also like recognition. You are goal oriented and enjoy planning something out and them doing it (you are motivated by the accomplishment). You will tend to look at big long-term issues, but might forget the details. When given a task you set a goal and work on a plan for it. American business has traditionally been run by triangles and, although usually men, more women are taking those roles today.
If you are a Circle:
You are social and communicative. There are no hard edges about you. You handles things by talking about them and smoothing things out with everybody. Communication is your first priority. When given a task, you will want to talk about it. You are a "people person," with lots of sympathy and consideration for others. You listen and communicate well and are very perceptive about other people's feelings. You like harmony and hate making unpopular decisions.
If you are a Squiggle:
You are "off-the-wall" and creative. You like doing new and different things most of the time and get bored with regularity. When given a task, you will come up with bright ideas about to do it. But you don't think in a deliberate pattern from A to B to C. Instead, you tend to jump around in your mind, going from A to M to X.
- Teamwork leads to camaraderie between team members. This will not only lead to better social relationships, but can also act as a support when things go wrong.
Varied Skills
- Different team members bring with them different skills.
Distribution of Work
- Distributing work not only reduces each individual's burden, but also increases responsibilty and ensures better commitment to completing the task individually and as a whole.
- Different people have different skills and possess different perspectives. Therefore any activity that involves teamwork benefits from the various creative thoughts and inspirations of different people.
Accomplish Faster
- People working together will tend to complete a project faster than if one person was working along.
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