Working in a team environment, whether it is in business or private life, can be a challenge. The diversity that each person brings to the table is exciting, but if mismanaged can be debilitating! When involved in any group there are principles that allow for the group to be better in forward motion and ideas than any individual can be. Here are a few areas to be aware of when working with a team:
1. Set Ground Rules. Ground rules are important to any group. They can include a group hierarchy, structure, how to interact, communication rules, etc. Each person committed to following the rules will be an asset to the team. One person allowed to disregard these rules can wreak havoc. Deal with broken rules immediately to preserve the group dynamics.
2. Show Appreciation. Each person likes to be heard, appreciated, and recognized. However – not each person likes this to be done in the same way. In the book “The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace” by Gary Chapman, he discusses different ways to give and receive appreciation. Take the time to know how your teammates want to be thanked for a job well done.
3. Respectfully Disagree. No team will agree on everything all the time. It is just not possible. Make a clear decision to respectfully disagree – but support the outcome of the group. As long as the decision making is created following the ground rules and the charter for which the group was established, it should be supported. Keep internal discourse private and within the group.
Working in groups can be a wonderful opportunity to grow, be challenged above what you would challenge yourself, and have a collective forward motion that creates friendships, support and networks that will follow you for life. If you are interested in participating in such a group for the Interior Design or Workroom industry, you can email Michele about the Mastermind Alliance that Scarlet Thread Consulting supports.