Teamwork and cooperation should be more fun.

Attributes of a good team

Think about this when team-building. Would you ever buy a car without a test drive, or reading the manual? A vehicle can have the highest ratings in the world, but until you feel comfortable behind the wheel, I would never invest.

Why then do we engage people in an emotional moment without analysis and then not having a proper induction program. Are you going to guess whether they will fit in with your existing team? The difference between success and failure is a great team. Why do successful employers have a probation period?

What an excellent team has in common is not so much about technical competence, but the ‘soft’ skills that are so critical to outstanding performance. This checklist will also provide you with plenty of good discussion points for team and individual improvement.

  • Reliable and responsible
  • Committed and accountable
  • Passionate and self-aware
  • Customer-orientated
  • Good planning skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Situational adaptability
  • Courage in decision-making
  • Comfortable in difficult situations
  • Good communication skills
  • Strategic thinker
  • Focused on improving outcomes
  • Ability to identify and analyse situations
  • Creative, mashup thinking
  • Practical organisational Skills
  • Proactive in getting the job done
  • Demonstrate project leadership
  • Approachability
  • Ability to leverage available resources
  • Persistence to see things through
  • Influence others through respect
  • Authenticity
  • Ability to find and develop the right people

With team-building, tomorrow will be different

These attributes might be some of the few which you might have missed. They can all used in the assessed in your team and their selection. Look for these attributes in the person’s significant accomplishments and match to the performance required by your organisation.

It will rain again, in the meantime gather your team and continue to take actions to build a better future. You will find creativity and innovation will be more forthcoming when there is good teamwork, despite adversity.

Teamwork is critical, so don’t rely on magic or luck to improve your tomorrows.

In building a team, you don’t have to incorporate all of these traits at once. Focus on one or two at a time as each incremental improvement will make the team more efficient and effective. The more they practice, the more intuitive they will become, and the better and more powerful the organisation will become.

Quotable Quotes

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships”. Michael Jordan

“Individual commitment to a group effort–that is what makes teamwork, a company work, a society work, a civilisation work”. Vince Lombardi

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