Good teamwork is the basis of any successful project. Great teamwork, however, can be the successful project’s outcome. Why? Because building communication and trust, defining ethical principles and good organization while working on a project result in great collaboration. In this article we gathered a few simple steps you should keep in mind to succeed as a team player. 


1.Teamwork as a combination of individuals 


1.1.Teamwork’s fundamentals


“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company knew that success is defined by the cooperation of individuals. What are the key factors to consider when building a successful team where everyone can contribute effectively? 


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  • Organization  

To create an effective strategy, it is important to divide tasks based on the daily schedules of the team members. This is what good organization is all about, which is one of the most important characteristics of a good team. Remember to assign tasks based on team workers’ strengths and expertise. When individuals work in roles that align with their capabilities, they are able to achieve more in less time. This translates into greater efficiency and effectiveness for the entire project. 


  • Respect 

Respecting the diversity of backgrounds, moral values, and expertise is crucial in a team setting. In order to sustain motivation during any project, it is important to evaluate each team member’s contribution and take their ideas into consideration. No team member should be devalued, and all contributions should be treated equally. To achieve a professional culture that embodies core values of mutual respect, it is necessary to formulate and enforce a comprehensive code of ethics that governs the behavior of team members. 


  • Accountability 

Each team member should take responsibility for their actions, decisions, and commitments. Accountability ensures that tasks are completed on time and fosters reliability and dependability within the team. To maintain accountability and succeed as a team player, each team member must be aware of their tasks, perform them diligently, and take responsibility for any failure. 


  • Flexibility 

Successful teams are adaptable and resilient in the face of change or unexpected challenges. Team members should master flexibility and be open to new ideas, as such flexibility helps to adjust strategies if a need occurs. Yet each team is made up of different characters, so the team itself should also be flexible enough to adapt to the individuals. This involves agreeing on the format and frequency of meetings, as well as ensuring that resources and working hours are allocated efficiently. By working together in harmony, the team can ensure that their efforts are maximized, and the project is a success. 


  • Comunication 

Effective communication is the foundation of successful teamwork. By keeping each other informed and being receptive to new ideas, projects can benefit greatly. Good communication also enables teams to overcome obstacles and resolve conflicts in a peaceful manner. By promoting open and honest feedback in a safe and supportive environment, teams can learn and grow together. It’s important to view setbacks as opportunities for growth and development, rather than placing blame on individuals. Failures are a natural part of the learning process and can help improve. 


1.2.Understanding the role of a team member


The contemporary work environment is placing greater pressure on employees than ever before. However, engaging in constant competition with others can result in stress and burnout. Rather than striving to outperform others as an individual, it is important to consider what unique skills and qualities you can bring to the team as a valuable member. 


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  • Openness and collaborative attitude 

It’s important to remember that not everything needs to be a competition. When working in a team, it’s essential to be open to the opinions and ideas of others. Focusing solely on individual development can hinder progress and prevent knowledge from being shared among the group. Each team member has something unique to bring to the table, and it’s only by embracing this diversity that everyone can benefit. 


  • Empathy and creativity 

Emotional intelligence encompasses not only the ability to comprehend others but also the capacity to find resolutions to conflicts. Empathy and creativity should always be intertwined in the workplace. Creativity expands the possibilities, while empathy facilitates the implementation of ideas in agreement with other team members. Creativity also enhances problem-solving skills and enables quick responses to any alterations in plans. 


  • Commitment to goals 

Completing imposed tasks and receiving appropriate feedback is one thing, but staying motivated while achieving long and tedious goals is a completely different aspect of project work. Commitment to goals manifests itself in a constant drive to complete the project, despite all the disadvantages. To stay motivated for the long haul, it is important to keep in mind that every action and change will have an impact on the final outcome. To be able to keep track of your progress, you can use organizational tools such as Trello, where you can record and monitor each step you take towards your goal. 


  • Positive attitude 

The best way to fuel motivation is by maintaining a positive attitude, especially in a workplace where pressure is constant. This can be achieved by focusing on small achievements, pushing away negativity, and resolving any disagreements peacefully. 


  • Adaptability 

Teams should be able to adapt to the different strengths and weaknesses of their members. However, it is also important for individual team members to be flexible when sudden changes in strategy arise. Projects can be unpredictable, with goals, required resources, and scope of work constantly shifting. These changes can happen suddenly and without warning, so it is crucial to remain flexible. Being adaptable is not only important to the success of the project, but it also demonstrates that you are dependable and can be relied upon by others. 


2.Collaboration – how to make it successful 


2.1.Build trust between team members 


Building trust among team members is essential for fostering collaboration, communication, and productivity. In order to work together, every team member needs to feel that their ideas will be valued. Trust is also about team members feeling able to take the initiative and build a network of their own assets for projects, knowing that they can count on fair feedback. A collaborative atmosphere where team members work together towards common goals and do not compete against each other is simply a matter of trust. 


2.2.Invest in building relationships  


How can you build such trust? Team-building activities can be initiated before the project starts to foster mutual listening, creativity, and communication skills. Games like Continued History enhance these skills. Mobile games such as Quizlet encourage creativity and quick thinking, while team-building games like Charades or True or False (in which everyone speaks two false statements and one true statement about each other) build relations.  


 2.3.Encorage feedback and cooperation 


To establish trust among team members, it’s crucial to ensure a reliable and effective collaboration between them. This is because no project can be achieved solely through the efforts of individual units. Instead, continuous exchange of insights, ideas, and adaptation to changes is required to attain a common goal. To facilitate this, feedback must be encouraged, but it should be specific, actionable, and aimed at improvement rather than mere criticism. Additionally, feedback should be delivered respectfully and constructively, as embracing diversity of opinions can lead to more innovative solutions. 


2.4.Celebrate successes 


It is crucial to recognize and celebrate every success, no matter how small it may seem, as it motivates the team to strive for excellence. Celebration to acknowledge success can be started through various means such as validation, sharing success stories on social media platforms, organizing lunch breaks, presenting handwritten thank-you notes, or even arranging parties for bigger achievements. These small gestures can go a long way in boosting morale and fostering a positive work environment. 


2.5.Encourage experience sharing


Effective teamwork involves combining individuals with diverse skill sets and encouraging collaboration to bridge gaps in their knowledge. To facilitate such collaboration, it is crucial to conduct an initial analysis of each individual’s abilities and expertise, allowing for the identification of people who can complement each other’s skills. By pairing individuals with complementary skills, teams can leverage their collective strengths to overcome complex challenges and achieve their goals more efficiently. 



3.Time and resource management 


3.1.Tracking progress and adjusting strategies to achieve goals 


Set clear goals 


Each team member must fully understand their assigned roles in order to succeed as a team player and contribute equally to the entire project. Roles should be assigned while taking into account the availability of each individual, so as to not interfere with their performance in other duties. To facilitate this process, one you make use of platforms such as Mirro and Connectteam. 


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Track progress 


In order to effectively monitor the progress of your team, it’s recommended to have access to various websites that can provide real-time updates and changes to the schedules. This will enable you to stay informed and keep track of any adjustments that may impact on your team’s performance. 

Establish priorities 


In order to effectively prioritize tasks, it’s important to establish a set of common goals that are clearly defined and communicated to all team members. This can be achieved by ensuring that each team member understands the team’s objectives and how their contributions fit into the bigger picture. To effectively outline your goals, you can use free platforms like Figma. Categorize your goals – assess the amount of time and assets necessary to execute each goal and prioritize the goals that require the most resources from the very beginning. 


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3.2.Efficient usage of resources available to the team 


Monitor resource usage 


Keep a close eye on resource usage – use of project management software or time tracking systems such as Clockify, which allow you to monitor progress and identify any potential problems. To stay on top of things, schedule at least two progress meetings per week to track the project’s development and address any issues that may arise. 


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Streamline processes 


As a means to optimize workflows and improve efficiency, eliminate any redundant steps or inefficiencies in the process. This can be achieved by automating repetitive tasks, such as manual data entry into excel spreadsheets. By leveraging technology, you can significantly reduce the time spent on these tasks and allocate resources to more challenging endeavors. There are numerous ways to do this, ranging from programming bots to perform specific actions, to adopting new technologies or tools. 


Optimize resource allocation 


Continually evaluate resource allocations to ensure efficient use of assets. Adjust allocations as needed based on changing project requirements, deadlines, or budget constraints. Take advantage of technology tools and software solutions that can help streamline processes. 


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4.Team’s constant improvement 


 4.1.Monitor Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are crucial metrics for measuring project progress and success. To keep a close eye on KPIs, track the team’s progress towards its goals and identify areas for improvement. By making data-driven decisions based on this information, you can improve project efficiency and achieve better outcomes. 


Identify relevant KPIs 


Determine which metrics are most important for measuring your team’s performance. These metrics have to be aligned with goals and priorities within the project. Then, establish clear, achievable targets for each KPI. These targets should be specific, measurable, and relevant to your team’s objectives. 


Collect data 


Using websites mentioned earlier, it is necessary to deconstruct the Key Performance Indicators to all relevant variables, including employee and resource availability, time constraints, and prioritization which will facilitate collecting data in the future. 


Analize and visualize data 


Analyze the collected data to identify trends, patterns, and areas for improvement. Create hypotheses which explain why certain KPIs are performing the way they are and discuss it within your team. Present team KPI data using graphs, charts, infographics, or dashboards – you can create them using sites like Canva. 


Regular reviews 


Regularly review and refine your KPIs and monitoring processes based on feedback and changing business needs. Continuously strive to improve your measurement and analysis methods to ensure they remain relevant and effective. 


Take action 


For example, if your team fails at fostering great productivity, by looking at the efficiency of individual team members, you can determine who is fastest on which day and adjust further actions according to their skills.  The same thing goes for quality, customer satisfaction, revenue, etc. 



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4.2.Provide Opportunities for Skill Development  

To succeed as a team player, you should always strive to learn and develop more skills. Collaborative learning helps to level the skills among team members and builds a sense of mutual reliance. Taking courses that enhance and develop skills not only benefits the individual, but also brings new opportunities for improving projects. By knowing your team, you can easily identify areas where they may need improvement and take steps to strengthen the team as a whole. 

You should always consider three steps to ensure the courses align with the needs and goals of your team: 


  • Identify the needs 

Determine what skills or knowledge your team needs to acquire. For example, if you work in an IT department where your technology management skills differ from the company standard consider taking IT course. Such courses can be taken individually, or in a group, if the whole team feels that such training would help equalize skills. Always align the course with the goals of the team. Choose courses that contribute to the team’s overall objectives. 


  • Research course options 

Before choosing any course consider the teamwork resources – time, funds and availability. Make sure the course goals cover the necessary skills and consider factors like accessibility to fit the team’s schedule. You can also commission individual courses for individual team members, such as business management course for the person who is responsible for organization in teamwork, or Excel course for the accounting department and secretaries. 


  • Monitor course results 

It’s important to keep track of your team’s progress as they go through the course. This will help you evaluate the effectiveness of the training afterward. To get a complete picture of what worked well and what could be improved, it’s a good idea to gather feedback from all participants. Remember, what works for one person may not work for another, so understanding each person’s learning style can help you tailor future learning initiatives to their needs. 


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