How to Be a Collaborative Team Player

How to Be a Collaborative Team Player

John J. Murphy, the author of Pulling Together: 10 Rules for High-Performance Teamwork, stated, "Each individual has unique gifts and talents and skills,". When working on a Collaborative Team, everyone's gifts, talents, and skills come together, and excellent outcomes are acheived on behalf of the family.

Teamwork is essential if you want to have a postive outcome and to experience work satisfaction. Like a baseball team, each member of the team has his or her talent. Even if the Pitcher controls most of the game's outcome, it doesn't mean that the team will win. It takes every member of the team to work together if they are going to win. If one player is making a lot of errors, the remaining teammates will work together. Team members working cohesively together is what makes the Collaborative Process so successful. When everyone collectively unifies to help the clients make decisions for the betterment of their family, it benefits them and will benefit the group.

Our Collaborative Team relationships also play a big part in being happy on the job and building a strong network that will help you advance not only professionally but also personally.

Please take a closer look at what it takes to be a Collaborative Team Player. Study these tips for how to contribute your unique strengths and form positive connections with your coworkers.

Doing Your Job Well

Before you can perform tasks with a group, it's essential to carry out your responsibilities successfully.

Use these strategies to prove that you have the knowledge, attitude, and skills to excel at your job:

Meet deadlines. Earn trust by completing your work on time and following through with what you say you're going to do. Your teammates want to know that they can depend on you. If you do run into a delay, inform others promptly so they can update their plans.

Take responsibility. Hold yourself accountable for the quality of your work. Admit it when you make a mistake and show that you learn from experience.

Ask for input. Let your coworkers know that you value their insights and expertise. Ask for advice when you're working on a complicated project or wondering how to do your routine tasks more effectively.

Continue learning. Picking up new knowledge and skills makes you a more valuable employee and team member. Sign up for training courses at work and attend seminars at your local community college. Subscribe to magazines and attend conferences about your industry.

Interacting with the Team

Even talented individuals will have trouble creating a powerful team if they're disengaged or arguing with each other. Do your part to establish a sense of purpose and skillful communications.

Consider these ideas:

Make a commitment. Put the mission of the team ahead of your own preferences. Dedicate yourself to reaching your shared goals and supporting your team members.

Think positive. Look for ways to take advantage of apparent setbacks. If a new product launch is taking longer than expected, use the extra time to increase your social media presence and recruit more influences.

Reach out. Try to get to know your teammates. Maybe you'll want to socialize outside of the office or just share stories about your children and cats. Lend a hand when you see a colleague falling behind or dealing with extra demands.

Create ground rules. Clear expectations make it easier to work together. Your top priorities may be starting meetings on time and accepting each suggestion as worthy of consideration.

Express appreciation. Tell your coworkers what you like about them. Thank them for sharing their ideas and pitching in with making phone calls.

Provide feedback. Be tactful and direct about commenting on individual and group performance. Focus on finding solutions and making enhancements.

Negotiate agreements. Working as a group may mean doing things differently than you would on your own. Be open to suggestions and willing to try out unfamiliar approaches.

Working well with others will help you to pursue a rewarding career. Open up more opportunities and cultivate valuable contacts by learning to become a great team player. 

Kim E. Costello, DCCPsy., LMHC