Teamwork begins: With overcoming the assumption that there will be no conflict

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to align individual performance with corporate goals. It is the fuel that enables ordinary people to achieve extraordinary results.”

~Andrew Carnegie

What is it like to be part of a healthy team or work environment? What is the roadmap for an effective team? Can a group of people with different personalities get along and work productively? How does the manager mobilize to keep everyone on the road to success and avoid conflicts?

How do you define a team? “A number of persons connected in work or activity”.

A team can be defined as a group of people who are committed to a specific goal or purpose and for which they are collectively responsible. High-functioning teams recognize that they can be productive when they work together and remove the “I” from teamwork. Effective teamwork is essential to achieve clear results. Research studies and expert opinion have found that teamwork increases effectiveness. Teams are more likely to achieve more than individuals. Gathering the skills and knowledge of several people helps create a team.

Teamwork begins with overcoming the assumption that there will be no conflicts and disagreements. It is well known that no two people think alike, despite having so much in common. Instead of seeing conflict as a threat, we should see conflict as an opportunity for growth for the individual. The goal is to provide teams and individuals with the knowledge of how to work together harmoniously by improving their teamwork skills. Leaders who understand the value of a healthy workplace that thrives with minimal employee conflict also recognize that conflict resolution is a necessary part of the workplace and if conflict is not addressed, it will have a negative impact on the team and the individual.

An effective team is critical to the quality of worker productivity. Running an organization can be stressful if not approached with the right tools and knowledge. Positive communication can improve relationships and build trust. The opposite is also true negative communication can weaken bonds and create distrust. The goal is to reduce conflicts caused by the lack of proper communication. A framework of positive management approaches is essential when individual behaviors are challenged, and equity and impartiality are vital.

A successful team needs a strong foundation. The essential components are leadership, cohesion, accountability and resources. The leader provides stability of action by empowering the team with clear communication of purpose, overcoming team objections, providing resources, and inspiring the group. Helping teams work effectively requires understanding that team building takes time. Whether your team is temporary or permanent, increase productivity by understanding the stages and path.


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