The other day I heard a comment from a person who said “I don´t like teamwork so I have decided to work on my own”.  Some people don´t like to work in teams and find it frustrating and perhaps this is due to the interpretation we have of what teamwork is? If we find a different interpretation of what teamwork is and for the sake of what we work in teams, we might find more joy in working with other people.

Together everybody achieves more = TEAM

So what would be a different interpretation of teamwork? For the sake of what do we create teams?  Teamwork is not about defining a set of tasks and activities in a project plan and then follow up on them – unfortunately this is commonly the interpretation of a team and might not feel so inspiring! Rather, it is about a group of people getting organised around a shared promise of a new future. The team is created to generate a different future and all team members are committed to the overall promise of the team, not just their individual promises or tasks.

At the end of the day, teams are essential elements of organizations. They exist in order to fulfill promises that cannot be fulfilled by individuals. Teams are the units of coordination that enable organizations to make and manage complex promises and to take care of concerns that cannot be taken care of alone.china-teaching-job


Success is linked to a team, Europe is team work

In one way or another, whether working in a multinational or being an entrepreneur, we need to coordinate with other people in order to craft the future we want to create. We need to act to reach our goals, and action arises from committment. Committment, or promises, happen in conversations, and conversations is the way we coordinate action with other people. So teamwork is a network of conversations.

For this you need to be good at conversations. If you didn´t generate the results you wanted – did you have the right conversation? When we have misunderstandings and frustrations in teams, a common reason is that we do not have a commont standard – we all have a different opinion of what the quality of the outcome should be. In order to avoid this situation it is fundamental to be clear on the quality standards you are wiling to accept and to agree on a common standard among all team members, before you start working together.

To summarise, with this interpretation of what team work is, working in a team represents an opportunity for us. We can celebrate the fact that other people can contribute and care about producing the same future that we ourselves care about. This interpretation is more likely to produce a new mood of ambition and a sense of membership…and joy in playing the game of teamwork.

by Susanna Lindblom