16 ways that improve teamwork

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Ways for better teamwork 

Teamwork involves the collaborative effort within a team or multiple teams to complete assigned work in an effective and efficient way. Teamwork also means that everyone is involved by providing their own skill and providing constructive feedback to reach the organizational or individual goals.  

  1. Value long-term relationships. Valuing long-term customer relationships means that you create high-level loyalty for your company. It is better and cost-effective to sell to existing customers than to bring new ones. No matter what industry or context, your relationship, and customers are what drive the growth of your business. Without them, it’s not easy to be able to remain in business for very long.​​
  2. Be helpful. When someone gives you good and useful advice, this is an example of helpful advice. When a person is always asking what he can do to assist you, this is an example of a helpful person. People are more likely to perform altruistic actions after seeing others do the same, meaning one good act could lead to dozens and dozens of good acts. 
  3. Communicate effectively. Communication each individual involved are giving, receiving, and sharing information correctly. You listen carefully, speak or write clearly, and respect different opinions. Effective communication improves understanding, develops strong relationships, and establishes yourself as an active team member. Communicating effectively requires practice.
  4. Accepting responsibility. Accepting responsibility is crucial for success because it helps you work through your mistakes without being weighed down by regret, guilt, or shame. If you are responsible it means you are dependable, keep promises, and honor commitments. Being responsible means you accept the consequences for what you say and do. Responsible people don’t make excuses for their own actions or blame others.  It also builds strength of character as a person becomes better at admitting they are not perfect and doing what needs to be done to make up for their mistakes.
  5. Honesty. Honesty is the best policy which is an old adage. Honesty is not only about saying or telling a fact. Honesty means you are consistently providing the right information and have honest and right intentions while communicating.   Honesty not only promotes openness but also empowers you to develop consistency in presenting the facts. Honesty sharpens your perception that ensures you observe everything clarity
  6. Admitting mistake. Accept your wrong and make it clear that you are sorry for whatever hurt or problem it caused. Be gracious in your apology and willing to admit your fault. For example, say, “I’m sorry I messed up the project. It’s my fault, and I take responsibility for things going wrong.” 
  7. Be vulnerable. Vulnerability is a state of emotional exposure that comes with a certain degree of uncertainty. It involves a person’s willingness to accept the emotional risk that comes from being open and willing to love and be loved. It’s the ability or willingness to acknowledge and potentially express one’s emotions. Particularly those emotions that are difficult or painful. Emotions such as shame, sadness, anxiety, insecurity, etc. When you are vulnerable you open yourself up to being judged by others, which puts you at risk for feeling shame and shame is a very powerful emotion. The more you know yourself to be worthy, regardless of your flaws, the less power shame has over you.
  8. Show people that you care.
  9. Active listening. Active listeners listen attentively, understand what other is trying to communicate, respond and reflect on what’s being said, and retain the information for later use.  In order to ensure active listening, you need to  use your own body language and gestures to show that you are engaged. 
  10. Empathy. Empathy allows you to emotionally understand others feeling, see things from their point of view, and imagine yourself in their place. The ability to feel empathy allows people to emotionally connect which can improve well-being and increases trust and ensure success.
  11. Collaboration. The collaborative approach requires teams to come together to share their knowledge and ideas for improvement. This can work across authorities and organizations or between different teams within an organization.
  12. Awareness. Being aware allows you to understand things from multiple perspectives. It can remove pre-conceived notions and biases. It helps you forge better relationships. It also gives you a better ability to regulate your emotions. Being aware you have a better ability to understand the perspective to empathize with others, specifically those from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Lack of awareness is not only dangerous in terms of worsening health outcomes, but it can also be divisive in society and can affect the quality of life.
  13. Brainstorming. Collaborative team members can solve difficult problems with the help of brainstorming. Brainstorming is a group activity where each participant shares their ideas quickly as it comes to the mind that can solve problems and generate innovative ideas. Brainstorming can be an effective tool that generates a large number of ideas quickly, which can be optimized and merged to create the perfect solution.
  14. Commitment.  When you are committed to improving the teamwork and you focus on tasks important to you, or career, or a company you have better relationships, you will be more successful in achieving your goals, and you’ll have more time to enjoy your journey. 
  15. Listening to what others have to say, clarifying it by asking questions to make sure you understand the meaning and intention of the context. Without a doubt, the most important part of teamwork is communication. While communicating you can use appropriate online tools.
  16. Be Kind. We share love with others through kind acts such as a smile, a nice word, an unexpected deed, or a planned surprise. Kindness and empathy help us relate to other people and have more positive relationships with friends, family, and even perfect strangers we encounter in our daily lives. Kindness is the sincere and voluntary use of one’s time, talent, and resources to better the lives of others, one’s own life, and the world through genuine acts of love, compassion, generosity, and service. Treating people with act of kindness not only leads to happier teams, but also improves productivity, creativity and improves emotional well being. All of this may result into better results and increased probability of successful project.

By John Gurung

A former software developer who is now a blogging enthusiast. A true digital nomad.

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