How to be a Team Player

For the past couple of years (13 to be exact) I’ve been more or less a one-man army…

Booking shows and event, designing talks and performances and training courses and products, dealing with the admin side of business, making sure every aspect of my businesses are legally sound, late night with early mornings, burning the midnight oil…

And then it happened…

Exhaustion, overload and a close encounter with a nervous breakdown.

 

I remember my parents used to say that through embarrassment and injury one becomes wise…
NO WONDER I’ve been getting such a fantastic education!

Hence why I’m in the industry I’m in; to assist others to learn from the multitude of “educational experiences” I’ve encountered throughout my life so they can gain the wisdom without the toll it carries.

 

With that said, let me share with you what my most recent experience has taught me about getting things done quicker, easier, more effectively and without a health risk…

 

The Top 5 things to become a Team Player

 

  1. Use Your Strengths

Do you know what you do best?

Perhaps you’re incredibly organized, or you might excel at motivating people, helping resolve disagreement, or researching hard-to-find information.

Whatever your strengths, you have something valuable to offer. Find a role within your team that allows you to do what you do well. This will help you make a meaningful contribution and increase your chances of doing a great job. Plus, it’s usually much easier, and more satisfying, to do tasks when you’re naturally good at them.

When a group works well together, creativity levels are generally higher, as people tap into one another’s strengths. This often leads to increased productivity, and an inspiring sense of collaboration and cooperation that moves everyone – and the project – forward.

 

  1. Understand the Team’s Objectives

On the occasions that teams don’t function well, it’s often because there’s a lack of communication and understanding about what the group’s objectives are.

If you want to be a good team player, make sure you understand the group’s goals.
Ask key questions like these:

  • Why are we here?
  • What is the ‘perfect ending’ to this project?
  • What is our deadline?
  • How often will we meet?
  • What is our budget?
  • Who is in charge of implementing our ideas?
  • What roles and responsibilities will each of us have?

Be clear about what you’re there to do. This will help you complete your tasks to the best of your abilities.

 

  1. Be Reliable

We’ve probably all worked with people who have made promises they didn’t keep. It’s frustrating when someone says one thing and does another, and it can really slow a group’s progress.

You can be a valuable asset to your team simply by delivering what you said you would do – on time. For some people, it’s all too easy (and, unfortunately, quite common) to make promises they can’t keep. But you may really surprise and impress people by following through on what you say you’ll do. If you commit to completing something for the group by the end of the day, make sure you do it. If you say you’ll attend the 08:30 meeting, then be there on time.

Being reliable also applies to the work you do for the group. If you have high standards, people will depend on you to produce quality work. If your output is excellent one day, but only average the next, the team may regard you as being unreliable. Reliability and consistency go hand-in-hand.

 

  1. Be a Good Communicator

Be involved and active within the group. If you sit silently while someone else discusses an idea that you know won’t work, you could damage the team’s chances of achieving its outcomes. If you’ve got an alternative suggestion that might be more effective, then share it with the group.

The opposite applies as well: If people discuss a plan that you think is great, then speak up. Tell them what an inspiring idea you think it is. They might really need and appreciate your support, even if they don’t show it.

When you communicate with your team members – whether showing support, or challenging their thinking – it’s important to stay positive and respectful. Even if you disagree with someone, don’t become emotional. Being objective and fair will make a good impression; getting upset and angry won’t.

 

  1. Stay Flexible

If you’ve ever worked with a team, you probably know that things can change quickly.
People may join or leave the group, budgets may be reduced, or goals may be redefined.

The best team players know how to be flexible. They don’t fight change – instead, they see it as new opportunities for growth.

You may find that that the group members, the approaches you use, and the goals you started with have all changed by the time you’ve finished. By staying flexible, you can take advantage of the new opportunities that arise during the project, and you’ll be able to help others do the same.

Your willingness to remain comfortable and positive in a constantly changing environment is an important business skill – and your boss will likely notice.

 

By now you’ve probably guessed what my solution is for feeling overworked and exhausted…

BECOME PART OF A TEAM!

 

Remember that there’s no such thing as “self-made millionaires” – Someone had to care, someone had to give advice, someone had to buy the product / service and someone had to believe in it enough to tell others about it…

So no matter how you look at it, we as a species are social animals with a “pack mentality”.

Now you have some more knowledge that will help you to be the best member of your pack that you can be.

 

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