Teamwork in the Workplace: A DefinitionWritten by CMOE Development Team
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them to produce. On other hand, teamwork in workplace does take a deep personal commitment and belief in team synergy and collaboration. Some managers harbor belief that work only gets done when there is a singular powerful, expert, authoritative figure running work group. When you look closely at it, you are likely to find that a disturbingly large number of organizations are built around rugged individualism and that people want to build their own empires and work independently. So many of us have been taught in life to commit to win-lose competition for academic grades and sports scores. We learn to “go for jugular” very early on in life, and we put our faith and commitment into this mode of thinking. Competition can be fun and rewarding if we can get this powerful drive aimed and right target. The problem we see in a lot of situations is that teamwork in workplace is being killed by “friendly fire.” In other words, we are directing our competitive energies at looking better than another person or looking better than another team in organization. All too often we compete for personal rewards at expense of others. We act as though our department is in a race with other departments, and we take our eye off real competition. The fact of matter is that we have found few organizations that are committed enough to base some of reward system on teamwork and make it a priority. It seems that in earlier generations it wasn’t a big problem and teamwork was naturally rewarding. People on farms and ranches had to cooperate to survive. Successful crops and survival of livestock depended on joining efforts of many. Barns and homes were constructed as a result of teamwork, only we called it being neighborly. Amazing things could be accomplished today if we could get members and leaders to trust and commit to teamwork process of joint problem solving, consensus decision making and shared leadership and win/win conflict resolution.
If you would like to learn more about teamwork in the workplace or to discover how CMOE has assisted teams around the world please contact a Regional Manager at (801)569-3444.
Leadership Training and CharacterWritten by CMOE Development Team
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Most leaders would never plunder their company, rip off investors, cook books, or ride on safety of others by taking short cuts. But leaders can violate character principles in smaller ways like:
- making a commitment and not seeing it through
- not honestly saying what you really think
- shying away from “bad news” that need to be shared with employees
- not telling your boss or peers whole story
- not accepting accountability
- not giving employees full credit for a success or idea
- Playing games and manipulating rather than straight up negotiating
Leadership Training that focuses on character, values, and principles help bring balance to practice of leadership. It helps leaders build lasting and productive relationships that unleash employee motivation and help leaders who want to bust down status quo and build an innovative culture.
CMOE's leadership training programs are always tailored to fit each client’s needs and priorities. The qualities of leadership training can be delivered in a brief overview workshop, 4 hours, or in a deeper more impactful 8 – 16 hours.