It's About the Team

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on November 15, 2006

Perhaps nowhere is the concept of team more apparent and critical than within a small business. After all, a team is a group of individuals collaborating to achieve their common goal and thereby to succeed. The whole team is often greater than the sum of its individual members, with each contributing ideas and solutions.

In order for each employee to be an effective team member, you need to promote and model those characteristics that support positive group dynamics, such as:

• Effective communication skills

• Listening to others objectively and with an open mind

• Diplomacy and willingness to negotiate

• Concern for others on the team

• Recognizing and dealing with conflict constructively

• Valuing the ideas and contributions of others

• Willingness to share the credit of successes

Mallary Tytel
President and Founder
Healthy Workplaces
Sioux Falls, S.D.

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