Teamwork Is an Individual Skill : Getting Your Work Done When Sharing Responsibility

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  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2001-04-09
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

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Getting Work Done in Teams promotes teamwork as an individual skill, not a group skill. Becoming skilled at doing more with others may be the single most important thing you can do to ensure that you remain employed in the emerging knowledge economy. This book equips readers with a set of individual mental skills and behaviours that can and will help you create highly responsible and productive relationships at work. No longer will you find yourself complaining, "I got assigned to a bad team." Instead, you'll know what to do to make teamwork work for you. In fact, this book aims to remove the ambiguity and magic thinking that exists around teambuilding. It does that by focusing on five abilities: (1) personal responsibility for productive relationships, (2) creating powerful partnerships, (3) aligning individuals around a shared purpose, (4) trusting just right, and (5) developing your collaborative mindset. Most importantly, this book shows you how you can build collaborations with one or more people, simply and powerfully, in any situation.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Michael Begeman
Preface xi
Acknowledgments xv
Introduction: Developing Team Wisdom for Personal Success 1(22)
Teamwork As an Individual---Not Group---Skill
What Is ``Team Wisdom?''
Teamwork As an Individual Event
Agree to Response-Ability
Is Your Silence Consent?
The Benefit of Showing You Can Be Provoked
Experience Judgments Then Clear Them Away
An Upset Is an Opportunity to Learn
Conceive New Relationships as Avenues of Contribution
The Gift of a ``Present Hero''
Master Your Intentions
Living and Working ``on'' Purpose
Creating Powerful Partnerships
What's In It for Them?
It's In Your Interest to Be Helpful to Other People
Protect the Interests of Other People
The Miracle of Efficient Gifts
Celebrate the Successes of Other People
Appreciate Conflict
Distinguish Criticism from Feedback
What about Their Integrity?
End with the Beginning in Mind
All Teams Need Closure
Collaborating ``on'' Purpose
Clarity Is the Source of Power
Come Together Over Commitment and Skills Will Follow
Teammates Don't Have to Like Each Other
Stop Trying to Motivate
How Do You Know if Your Team Is ``Built''?
Who Is the Most Powerful Member of Your Team?
Fast Gonsensus
Don't Rely on a ``Common Enemy'' for a Sustainable Goal
Reorient the Relationship for Renewed Direction and Energy
Trusting Just Right
Trust Reflects Responsibility
The Formula for Building Trust
How to Trust Just Right
Talking about Violations of Trust
``Calling'' Others on Broken Agreements
Clean Up Broken Agreements
Acknowledge Mistakes
Apologize Effectively
How to Make Amends
How to Recommit After Making Amends
The Collaborative Mindset
Play a ``Big'' Game Instead of a ``Small'' One
The Team Wisdom Theory of Relativity
Honor Differences
Competitor or Antagonist?
Intentional and Reactive Relationship Outcomes
Value Both the Task and the People Performing the Task
Keys to Extraordinary Collaboration
The Bedrock of Collaboration
Expansion Is the Collaborative Leader's Most Powerful Tool
Relationship Integrity Makes Collaboration Possible
Integrate for Expansion: Expand for Integration
Conclusion: Demonstrating Team Wisdom from This Point Forward 175(10)
Notes 185(2)
Index 187(4)
About Partnerwerks 191(2)
About the Authors 193

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