We explain what teamwork is and its general characteristics. Also, what are the five "Cs" of teamwork.
What is teamwork?
Teamwork enhances individual human capabilities in pursuit of goals . To work as a team it is necessary to make a commitment, there must also be creativity , responsibility, harmony and an overcoming spirit. It is essential that there is a leading figure in the team , in charge of combining criteria, coordinating activities and making sure that everyone is walking in the same direction.
Working as a team always implies the existence of a work team , that is, a human group that, although it has individuals with diverse capacities and motivations, has a clear common objective .
Characteristics of teamwork :
Clear and well-defined objectives
It is essential that all members of the work team know what the objective is to be achieved and within what period (if any). Only in this way will efforts be productive and lead to the success of the group.
Sense of belonging
It is enriched with diversity
A work team made up of different people, who can contribute multiple experiences and perspectives on the same problem, becomes a very valuable source of creativity , from which the group as a whole can generally take advantage.
It is oriented to the solution of the problems
Open the doors to participation
It is never convenient for decisions to be made unilaterally; A fundamental part of teamwork will be to discuss ideas and make everyone participate in the direction that is being taken , as this feeds back commitment and belonging. The people who make up the work team, even when they have specific tasks to accomplish, must feel involved in the overall project.
Requires careful planning
The team must provide feedback on the positive stimulus that must prevail among all, making the group's objectives perceived in tune with personal objectives , and in this sense, the role of the leader and fluid communication at all times is very important . Maintaining a pleasant work environment, offering growth opportunities and rewarding effort are pillars of motivation .
Share and celebrate achievements
The five "C's" are often spoken of; these are:
To work as a team it is necessary to always keep the communication channels active ; It is essential to listen to yourself and be willing to admit rethinking and changes, since the team will work to the extent that the strategies are clearly and jointly assumed.
Trusting others, having the assurance that interests and responsibilities are shared is a central and decisive aspect that cannot be lacking in teamwork. Each member of the team must generate not only trust, but also permanently cultivate it from their sayings and actions .
It is undeniable that only with the collaboration and complementation of different people can we grow as a team, in an increasingly complex and changing environment. Each member of the team needs the other to achieve the proposed objective together, the set forms a kind of puzzle where each piece is perfectly complemented by all the others to form a harmonious and effective whole.
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