Small family businesses have proven for years that working hard and smart can often times yield the fruit of great success. I’ve known many who have worked day and night, year round to achieve the dream. Most likely if you’re successful, then the storefront next to you will enjoy the residual effect. Hurrah! That’s a good thing. It’s all about working together that makes a shopping community a true destination. Not one successful business has made it alone; employees, mentors, account executives, etc all benefit the end result. Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
There are those who enjoy being on a team and thrive when working as a team player committed to the effort. Although many have moments of leadership, some would rather support – and run in the same direction with others for the common good. Have you ever read the acronym TEAM – Together Everyone Achieves More? It’s a bit hokey, but ever so true. There is a place for everyone on the team to use their talents and be a team player.
Below are several key points. Most are old common sense, good work ethic principles that never go out of style. But take a look at the list to see what areas of personal improvement might benefit you in relation to the larger group. Then follow the link to Marty Brounstein’s article to expand on the principle.
Ten Qualities of an Effective Team Player
By Marty Brounstein (source DUMMIES.COM)
If you were choosing team members for a business team in your organization, who would the best team players be? Assuming that people have the right technical skills for the work to be done, what other factors would you use to select your team members?
Teams need strong team players to perform well. But what defines such people?
- Demonstrates reliability
- Communicates constructively
- Listens actively
- Functions as an active participant
- Shares openly and willingly
- Cooperates and pitches in to help
- Exhibits flexibility
- Shows commitment to the team
- Works as a problem-solver
- Treats others in a respectful and supportive manner