Teamwork and Team
Building - An Art Worth Learning
Most of the
dysfunctional organizations where we have found it practically impossible to
establish the Lean Manufacturing Culture have something in common. They do
not have the vital Teamwork spirit... Beginning from the Top!
Always a Group is a Team
is a common mistake to believe that any group of people who go everyday to
work in the same place are a team. It takes much more than that and here is
where Leadership may be a great help. People working together need to be
motivated and get to understand the basics of cooperation and mutual
benefit. They will become more efficient and their achievements more
valuable if they all have a common goal and each of their individual actions
is focused into the accomplishment of that common goal. In some cases they
will have to momentarily put aside their personal objectives and it is only
possible if they all understand and perceive that by contributing to the
success of their team they will get a personal profit or benefit.
is Team Work or Teamwork?
is the Synergy required to embark into the great goals, to succeed when
facing the big challenges. The joint purpose to achieve certain successes
that are not possible for just one individual. It is the concerted effort to
help each other to complement our strengths and defeat our weaknesses. Teams
are comprised of members who share the responsibility, the effort, and the
pride. The main obstacle teams face is the Ego embedded in our "Human
Nature", the tendency to believe that we are the "one and
only", and our firm conviction that others may need our help but we
don't need others' help and support.
many people have great capabilities and achieve more than the average, still
there are important tasks that no individual can succeed at by itself. That
is when Teamwork comes handy.
can we Build a Successful Team?
Teams are uncommon and require True Leaders often called Team Builders. Some
of them may not be spectacular achievers by themselves, may not be high
rated experts in the subject pursued by the team, but have a valuable skill:
They Know People! Henry Ford once said: "My success has been that I am
smart and humble enough as to hire people who are more skilled than I
am." Most politicians succeed or fail in direct proportion to
their ability to build an effective team around them. The secret is to
acknowledge each individual for their skills and positive features and
minimize their weaknesses, since we also have some of our own.
are the Barriers to Team Building?
jumps in the first place here. Confucius is quoted as saying: "Every
human being is superior to you at something." If we acknowledge this,
it will be easier to accept the need to build a team around us when tasks
are really important, if not overwhelming.
good news is: We all can purposely become Good Team Builders, just as we all
can learn the ropes to be good motivators. The first step in this process
will be to know our people, what are their concerns and main motivators. For
some it will be family issues, for others money, some more will be astray in
their objectives. Something that Team Participation will provide for all is
Job Security. Job Security is a Universal problem solver, so a Team Leader
or Team Builder should focus on that particular accomplishment when talking
to the team. For those members who really don't have a clear purpose,
security itself can become the magnet to bring them together and support the
Henry Ford again:
together is a beginning.
together is Progress
together is Success"
is the Mission of the Team Member to assure that each other member become aware of
the common purpose and their personal benefit from contributing their effort.
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