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Chapter 19. When the Team Is Brand - New > Organize the Team - Pg. 259

When the Team Is Brand - New 6. 259 7. Be a cooperator.Teamwork requires cooperation. You'll find most members do cooperate with each other. Help those on the team who need help and are happy to work with you to get you started. Once you have mastered your job, make a point of helping others. Be a loyalist.Stick up for your team. Never talk negatively about it to people outside the team. If you have problems or complaints, settle them within the team. Support your team leader and associates in any conflicts with other teams or with senior management. Your loyalty will be appreciated by your leader and help bring the team together in times of crisis. Being a part of a team can be a stimulating and rewarding experience. Take advantage of this opportunity. You'll learn much, share much, and enjoy the great satisfaction of knowing you were part of a successful team. The Least You Need to Know · The people chosen for the new team must have the skills needed to achieve the mission, but that's not all. · Personal factors can be as important (or even more important) than some tangible requirements. They are the human factors that enable people to work well with others. · Put intangible factors in proper perspective. If a job calls for communication skills, specify exactly which communication skills are needed. If a job calls for "the ability to work under pressure," indicate what type of pressure. · In forming a new team, the best source of possible team members is from within the company. · Always consider rehiring laid off employees. · To make a good selection: Interview former team leaders and team members who worked with the pros- pect. Review personnel records, and conduct thorough interviews with the prospect. · The first meeting of the new team should be devoted to orienting the members and letting them get ac- quainted with each other.