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A solid and sustainable collaboration within a group is essential for the corporate culture. Furthermore, assistants are often expected to function well in a team – big or small. How do you learn to work in team to the best of your ability?
Below you can find a few tips to keep in mind.
A Daily Job
Realising that team building is a way of working – by investing in it on a daily basis – strengthens the unity of a department. Consciously acting and thinking in favour of the team improves one’s personal effectiveness and the performance of a team as a whole.
By combining knowledge and competences, a team increases its power. Be personally involved in ones role is key to success. Understanding and accepting that as a team you can achieve more than individually. It is important to know what the target of the organisation is, what role the team is playing and knowing the contribution of each team member.
Team-focused collaboration means listening to each other, respecting colleagues and letting each other finish when talking. On the other hand, conflicts often lead to new insights when they are approached constructively. In a healthy corporate culture there is room for discussion. Being able to contribute without fear, constantly keeping your team members in mind and being able to give and receive feedback are the building blocks of a smoothly running team.
Accept Group Norms
Just as in team sports – or in a marriage – it is primordial to have a common goal. This always involves group norms and values. Respect was already mentioned, but trusting each other is the fundament of all. Furthermore, it helps to set clear agreements and to discuss procedures in order to avoid misunderstandings. In addition, appreciating each other’s input is very motivating in terms of working together in the long-term.
Help One Another
Each team player needs someone to achieve results. In a strong team people support and help each other. This requires flexible behaviour and a positive, enthusiastic attitude. Active and inspiring behaviour are the building blocks of a solid base where it is nice to work.
Making time for short informal conversations with your colleagues – for example during coffee break – adds to a fun work environment. And a fun work environment increases efficiency. Furthermore, sharing personal matters increases mutual understanding and empathy. Active involvement in spontaneous ‘teambuilding activities’ is always appreciated. Informal meetings are aimed at the improvement and consolidation of the internal atmosphere.
Smart people surround themselves with talent.
That’s the key to success. In addition, a team needs to have the vision and the trust of a good leader. The attitude and efforts of each member individually – so also the ones of the assistant who often has a key role – contribute to the good ending of a common venture.
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