#VicSRCvoices: How to work in a team
Teamwork is a surprisingly simple, yet necessary skill. Or rather, an amalgamation of many types of skills. We need it to survive on this planet - like it or not, we are always surrounded by people. 17 year old Demi Tangri from Mac.Rob shares top five teamwork tips for students, by students.
We need to know how to talk to people, how to work with people - whether you like the people, or don’t like the people. In school alone, we work with our fellow students every single day. We have to make presentations, orals, performances, and any manner of such things.
The handy guidelines below demonstrate the basic qualities that every member needs for a well functioning team.
1. Listening is as important as speaking.
Getting your idea across is as important as listening to what others have to say. You never know what you’ll hear, but if you don’t listen at all, you will never know what you could've heard.
2. An open mind
Flexibility is the key. If you demonstrate an open, unbiased approach, the other members of the team will also. Only when the environment is comfortable, will the ideas start to flow.
A clear focus and purpose is behind every sort of team work. If you slack off, the other members will too and no work will be done. Alternatively, you could succeed in inducing the pique of your fellow members. (not good).
4. Don’t take it personally!
If you pitch an idea but the group decides not to go ahead with it, do not get bitter and stop participating altogether. It is not a personal attack on you. The main thing is to work around this, and look for a better alternative.
5. Respect, support, encouragement
These apply not only your team members, but to yourself as well. As important as it is to respect and encourage others, one needs to respect themselves first.
Instead of looking at teamwork as a challenge, we should look at it as an opportunity.
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