Building Teams and Teamwork

Written by CMOE Development Team

A tight knit team is a group of competent individuals who care deeply about each other and are fiercely committed to their mission. They are highly motivated to combining their energy and expertise to achieverepparttar common objective. From our observation and studies on building teams, we have found three primary conditions that have to be met in order to attain higher levels of team performance and member satisfaction.

  • Resources and Commitment
  • Ownership and Heart
  • Learning

These three conditions arerepparttar 150771 heart and soul of teamwork but are not blueprints. Every team is unique, andrepparttar 150772 requirements and details of its teamwork have to be worked out separately. Let’s look closer at condition number two – Ownership and Heart.


This condition necessary for teamwork to blossom requires that building teams occur fromrepparttar 150773 “inside out.” In other words, people have to work hard at developing “team friendly” attitudes, values and beliefs. Teamwork functions best when people believe it fromrepparttar 150774 heart and act or think with integrity and in a way that is aligned with basic team principles. Tightly knit teams are built on attitudes, mindset, and values as much asrepparttar 150775 policies and systems to support them. At its most basic levelrepparttar 150776 key to unlockingrepparttar 150777 power ofrepparttar 150778 teamwork “Genie” depends onrepparttar 150779 willingness ofrepparttar 150780 team members to rubrepparttar 150781 lamp of responsibility. Stake holders inrepparttar 150782 team need a passion for personal management to “install” teamwork and to nurture it. The seeds of teamwork have to be planted, cared for, and developed byrepparttar 150783 members themselves. As we stated before, building teams doesn’t come fromrepparttar 150784 outside in, it comes fromrepparttar 150785 inside out.

There is no question that “outside” forces will impactrepparttar 150786 ease and speed with which teamwork takes hold. But those forces do not controlrepparttar 150787 heart and will ofrepparttar 150788 individuals. Each member is responsible for his/her actions torepparttar 150789 group. There are so many people who just don’t getrepparttar 150790 idea of responsibility and yet these same people tell us that they can’t rememberrepparttar 150791 last time that they had a serious teamwork experience. Some say that they have never feltrepparttar 150792 power, energy and enthusiasm that comes from a solid team experience.

All too often organization members are unaware ofrepparttar 150793 level and quality of teamwork that is going on around them. They are too busy competing against each other to think about it much. In any social structure, if people are not willing to take responsibility, get involved or become interested in what is going on, they deserve what little luck gives them. Members forgo their right to complain aboutrepparttar 150794 level of morale andrepparttar 150795 quality of work life when they don’t assume responsibility, assist in building teams, and help to foster teamwork.

Your Cover Letter MUST Ask This Question

Written by Jimmy Sweeney

Imagine receiving a letter from a salesman who wants to sell you an exciting new widget. The letter focuses on allrepparttar reasons why this is such a great item. But nowhere doesrepparttar 150770 man ASK forrepparttar 150771 purchase! You are not as likely to buy it.

The same thing is true with a job search cover letter. Unless you ASKrepparttar 150772 employer forrepparttar 150773 opportunity to be interviewed you probably won't hearrepparttar 150774 phone ring. Decide today that every cover letter you write will contain your specific request for a job interview. ASK and you will receive!

If you don't landrepparttar 150775 job interview, you certainly will not landrepparttar 150776 job, so put first things first.

• Write a great cover letter that sparkles with friendliness and professionalism. • State your qualifications forrepparttar 150777 position you want. • Tellrepparttar 150778 employer how you can help his/her company. • ASK for an interview clearly and directly.

Cont'd on page 2 ==> © 2005
Terms of Use