Here are 7 tips that will make teamwork successful:
1-Listening: There is a time to talk and a time to listen and the time to listen comes twice as often as the time to talk. We can often find ourselves so concerned about what we have to say that we never really hear what the person is saying. Instead of focusing on what they are trying to convey we are thinking about what we are going to say next, in which time we've missed their entire point.
2-Sacrifice: Each team member has to evaluate what they are truly willing to sacrifice and then continue to be willing when the time comes that they are asked to sacrifice it. It could be everything from time, to resources, to positions of power.
3-Sharing: What one person knows maybe the key to another person's problem. We have to be willing to share those keys even when it will make someone else look better.
4-Communication: when there are problems or successes a team has to be willing to communicate effectively what went right and wrong. It is important to analyse issues that you have in a project or as a team but it is also important to analyse your successes.
5-Language: It is so important that you have an established habit of speaking in an uplifting way. If you are at all demeaning or domineering or insulting it will grind the team to a halt. People will still be willing to sacrifice, share and discuss just not with every member of the team. Meaning that the team just became rivals.
6-Hard work: Team members have to be willing to work hard on an individual basis and then turn that hard work over to the team so that as a whole you can make your work meaningful and achieve a greater goal.
7-Persuade: Everyone should be encouraged to exchange, defend and then eventually rethink their ideas. You have to love your idea but teamwork takes individual work for a collective good that ultimately increases the good everyone receives. These skills are a basic list but that will help you start now to be a better team with greater success. You won't master them all in one day but take every opportunity you can to practice them and they will help.
Teamwork in the classroom
Teamwork is defined in Webster's New World Dictionary as "a joint action by a group of people, in which each person subordinates his or her individual interests and opinions to the unity and efficiency of the group." This does not mean that the individual is no longer important; however, it does mean that effective and efficient teamwork goes beyond individual accomplishments. The most effective teamwork is produced when all the individuals involved harmonize their contributions and work towards a common goal.
• Members work independently and they often are not working towards the same goal.
• Members work interdependently and work towards both personal and team goals, and they understand these goals are accomplished best by mutual support.
• Members focus mostly on themselves because they are not involved in the planning of their group's objectives and goals.
• Members feel a sense of ownership towards their role in the group because they committed themselves to goals they helped create.
• Members are given their tasks or told what their duty/job is, and suggestions are rarely welcomed.
• Members collaborate together and use their talent and experience to contribute to the success of the team's objectives.
• Members are very cautious about what they say and are afraid to ask questions. They may not fully understand what is taking place in their group.
• Members base their success on trust and encourage all members to express their opinions, varying views, and questions.
• Members do not trust each other's motives because the do not fully understand the role each member plays in their group.
• Members make a conscious effort to be honest, respectful, and listen to every person's point of view.
• Members may have a lot to contribute but are held back because of a closed