There are many aspects to being a team player. Being a good communicator is important. Communicate honestly, lucidly and directly. Remain positive. Positivity brings energy to your words and ideas. Negativity will suck the vitality of the entire team. Share relevant information in meetings as well as informally with colleagues. A treasure hunt is a fantastic way of having fun with your child and encourages lots of conversation.
Definitely speak your mind, but if your ideas are not accepted, you still need to give your 100 percent. That’s part of being a team player. You need to respect the opinions of the rest of your team and your team leader’s authority. If things work out well, you were part of a successful team, and if they don’t, at least you get to say, ‘I told you so!’
Know how to share news. If you have good news, share it with your colleagues. Rejoice in your success and the success of the team. This way the entire team will get inspired and propelled to achieving even loftier goals. Share with your superiors as well for well-earned recognition. Mainly, good news needs to flow around and downwards. If you have bad news, share it only with your superiors, or with the people who can do something about it. Sharing bad news with colleagues who have no skill to deal with the issue can potentially create panic and transform a problem into a crisis. Keep bad news only flowing upwards. Be flexible and open to change. Change is a given. Your response to change will determine if you and your team succeed. I used to have two places where I would teach Art of Living courses. Two teams of around ten people each would volunteer their time and effort to organize these courses. Both teams were quite similar in terms of their qualifications, their backgrounds, their skill sets and how much time they could give for the work on hand. I, too, gave equal amounts of time to both the teams. Surprisingly, one of the teams consistently did much better than the other, and I couldn’t figure out why.
When I gave it some thought, I realized they had one crucial advantage over the other. Once in a while in a meeting, I would give them a fairly challenging task. When faced with this, the team that used to perform well would immediately start brainstorming about how to handle the challenge, and the space would be full of positivity and ideas. The other team would spend more than half the time trying to convince me why the task was not doable. They would take a very long time to accept that a particular thing needed to be done and meanwhile operate through minds full of denial or complaints.
The simple act of accepting that something needs to be done can make work happen in so much more simpler and faster ways. When faced with a task, come up with ideas on how to accomplish it. Don’t waste time giving reasons about why it cannot be done. Accept that it has to happen and figure out ways of making it happen. These simple things, when followed, will make you an effective team player. You will find yourself in great demand, just as I was.