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More heads, more ideas; more hands, less work. Working in a team requires cooperation and communication. Everyone has to be on the same page to be successful. Sometimes there can be disagreements between team members.
Working in a Team: Benefits and Challenges
Teamwork: Keeping an Open Mind
How do we 'keep an open mind'?
Check my assumptions: Do not make assumptions. Do not rely on the comments that I have heard about others. Do not focus on the negative thoughts I have about others. 2. Take time: Spend time to get to know and understand others and their situation/s. 3. Ask questions: Ask questions politely to understand the others and the situation/s better. 4. Be humble: Recognise that everyone has strengths and can contribute, even if he/she is not strong in certain areas. Everyone has strengths and areas for improvement.
Teamwork: Applying Respectful Communication Skills
What do you think is the biggest challenge of working in a team?
- Getting everyone to cooperate
- Making sure everyone is heard
- Dividing up tasks
- Managing group dynamics
- Compromising on decisions
Look at the person and say sincerely and respectfully, “I understand what you are saying but I feel differently.” Explain why you disagree. Listen carefully to the other person’s view. Discuss options that can help you achieve your goals.
Steps to 'Resolving Disagreements'
If you were one of the group members, what can you do to respond positively to the situation?
Teamwork has been shown to increase productivity by up to 25%! Teamwork helps to develop skills like problem solving and creativity. Studies have shown that teams with diversity are more successful.