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Chapter 1. What's So New About Teams? > Team Members: Rethink Your Roles - Pg. 10

What's So New About Teams? 10 · Motivate yourself. Set personal goals that are in line with the team's mission. Participate in establishing team goals. You are going to have to work to meet them, so you should have a say in determining them. · Try new things. Don't be afraid to take risks. This is the way to get ahead. Remember the turtle. It's perfectly secure if it stays inside the shell, but if it wants to move ahead, it has to stick out its neck. · Look beyond your team. Study the culture of your company. Know and understand the compa- ny's mission statement. Measure how closely your team complies with company and depart- mental goals. Think about how your work fits into the larger picture. Team Builder One way to build team spirit in your team members is to show them how what they accomplish contributes to the bottom line. · Be sensitive to other points of view. Listen to the opinions of other team members. Don't be afraid to express your view even if it is different or even opposite of everybody else's. Stand up for what you believe, but don't be stubborn about it. Be willing to compromise to achieve con- sensus. · Be a team player. Cooperate. Don't compete. Support your teammates. Help them grow by sharing information, taking tough assignments, and training and mentoring new members. Praise associates who have done well. Show appreciation to members who have been espe- cially helpful to you or the team. Heads Up! Team members: Improve your skills. Don't be complacent. Don't be content with "satisfactory" work. If you need added training or coaching, ask for it. Take training seriously and apply what you learn. · Know your teammates. Know their strengths and limitations. Know their personal goals and ambitions. Know their idiosyncrasies and pet peeves. This will make working with them easier and more pleasant. · Build up your own self-confidence. Read self-improvement books and articles. Study yourself. Be aware of areas where you need improvement. For example, if you are shy, take assertive training; if you are a poor speaker or writer, take courses to correct it.