Teamwork is important within any organization but it’s also critical to have a “team mentality” in dealing with organizations outside your own. The principles of team apply to both types of relationships. Each organization has to be skilled in what they do and they have to have the right people doing it.
Teamwork requires communication. Communication can be verbal, in oral conversation or in writing, but communication can also be nonverbal, through visual signs and signals and through body language, whether intentional or unintentional. Good communication requires understanding in the Stephan Covey context of “striving to understand before trying to be understood.” Great team members work hard at understanding themselves and understanding the others on the team.
Great organizations frequently recognize teamwork as a core value and express the concept of teamwork in their guiding principles. Just look at the strategic plans of great organizations. The organization’s leaders often define teamwork in words similar to these: “We will accomplish our mission through cooperative partnering in order to achieve mutual goals. We recognize the importance of each group of stakeholders, inside and outside our organization, in assuring our mutual success.”
CEOs and other leaders should assess where external teamwork falls on the spectrum of values in their organization. Defining a well-focused mission and expressing and SHARING a clear vision for the 5 to 10 year future are the drivers of teamwork. Teamwork is not likely to thrive in an organization that is not clear on what it is supposed to be doing and where it is supposed to be going.
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