What should everyone know about teamwork

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Requirements for good teamwork

Prerequisite 1: common goal. The team does not pursue individual goals, but a group goal. Each individual not only has to know this common goal, but also has to align his or her own actions and thoughts accordingly. It must be clear to every team member that individual goals are subordinate to the group goal. Each member is particularly good at certain things: one has specialist specialist knowledge, another has experience in dealing with difficult customers, one is particularly socially competent, another has a network of relationships. All of these strengths are useful to the group: A team becomes strong by bringing together the strengths of its members.

Prerequisite 2: Clear division of tasks and competencies. Everyone on the team needs to know what to do and by when to finish their work. The competencies are distributed accordingly. Everyone also needs to know what the tasks and areas of responsibility of their colleagues are. This division must be communicated clearly and unambiguously - transparency prevents misunderstandings and rumors.

Requirement 3: common rules of the game. The most important group rule is mutual acceptance and support, because in a team everyone is dependent on everyone. Everyone helps everyone achieve the group goal. This includes the willingness to take on a different role or additional tasks in the team and to deal with each other objectively, openly and politely. Information must not be used as an instrument of power, but must be shared. Not the individual, but the team should have power.

Requirement 4: regular communication. At precisely defined intervals ("jour fixe"), the team must discuss who is currently completing which tasks and by when, or in what status - on schedule, with a delay, problems that have occurred - the individual tasks are. The meetings should provide information about solutions and be a forum for mutual feedback.