What Fuels Team Work?

When we speak of teamwork, we think of joining efforts - physical, tangible efforts that when aligned together, produces a result for a group cause. In other words, cooperation, where multiple operations align forces to make things happen. But the best type of cooperation does not stop there. There is another aspect to great team work: the social relations you establish with members of your team.

Social relations are less brought into light because it is hard to measure and difficult to monitor. But it is all about your attitude. Relationships are formed with attitude, for first impressions as well as continued interactions. Are you exuding characteristics of generosity, friendliness, and warmth? Do you show understanding and respect by putting other's feelings before you? Just as important a contribution, how your attitude comes across to others can make or break a team. It is a deterministic factor, because it is the social lubricant for communications, which in turn is what ties your team together.

Moreover, attitude is the emotional current that lies invisibly under your statements. You must rightfully treat everyone with honor and respect, because you never know for sure what another person’s situation on any given day is. Positive and supporting kindness is easily demonstrated with help, greetings, or common courtesy. That is, again, giving thoughts towards the other person so you may put their feelings before you. On the other hand, concealed phrases let people get away with insidious attitudes. Hard to recognize and perceive at first, you must learn to detect them and call them out for what they are to have them addressed. Just think about the consequences: possessing a bad mood over time has a deleterious effect that spreads into everything you do, whereas a positive mood shift can fuel us with passion to achieve results that surprise even ourselves.

For people who have gone through difficult situations, they know what is being discussed here. For those who are currently experiencing it, it is important to know that hushed voices and vague references utilized to avoid bringing up, understandably, painful memories keep you in the same position - no where.

Little things matter. Be sure to ask for what you need and want. Take responsibility of your actions as well as how you are feeling.

Do it for your team. And most importantly, do it for yourself.

Now go do it.