For many, "teamwork" is a dreaded word. Whether you’re a perfectionist or you just want to prove you can do all of the work yourself, working in a team may often be anathema to you. Yet, teamwork is crucial to building a network you can rely on and trust to deliver the results your company needs to succeed
So, how do you get more comfortable working in a team? Below, 15 members ofForbes Coaches Council explain their top tips for not only working as a team but succeeding as one cohesive unit based on mutual trust.
Members of Forbes Coaches Council share their insight.All images courtesy of Forbes Councils members.
1. Start With An Offer And A Request
Start by quickly sharing what each member of the team brings to the effort (an offer) and what each would like to gain from the experience (a request). Not only will you better understand your teammates, but you will also know what you want. Shift from your hard focus on how to complete the work to finding a way for each person to make a meaningful contribution and gain from the shared experience. - Holly R. Pendleton, Envision Business Consulting
2. Make An Effort To Get Full Participation
Determine the “personality” makeup of the team. Many introverts struggle with giving open feedback while brainstorming with a group of people. Try sending out a meeting agenda a few days prior. If you give an introvert the opportunity to think through her/his idea, this could be great for getting full participation. As a leader, work to include everyone in the discussion -- it could really pay off! -Mika Hunter, Female Defender
3. Be Humble And Share
Humility is a key to increase your comfort when working with a team. Recognize that someone on the team knows what you don't and your way isn't the only way. Being comfortable working with a team means being comfortable with someone else's style and approach. Effective team members humble themselves enough to share -- share ideas, share opinions, share knowledge and share space. Be humble and share. - Charles Weathers, The Weathers Group
4. Remember There's No 'I' In Team
As much as I like to do the work myself, I've come to realize that the best results are achieved through collaboration. There are many ways to get more comfortable working with a team. The three I found have worked the best are: gathering the right people for the team to review objectives, agreeing on who is doing what/by when and having regular checkpoints to ensure work gets done. - Amy Glass, BRODY Professional Development
5. Stay In Your Lane
Working within a team can be difficult for some people because they want to do a little bit of everything. Instead of looking at a project from that perspective, focus on your part of the puzzle and make it excellent. Give input when requested on the other areas but strive to do your part really well and trust others to do the same. Don't be the jack of all trades and master of none. -LaKesha Womack, Womack Consulting Group
6. Establish Trust
Working in a team is more about building trust. There are people in your life who you trust. You trust them for a multitude of reasons. As you reflect on relationships where you have strong trust, think about how much impact it has made on your life. The same applies to a team setting. Build trust with others to create new opportunities for yourself and your cause. - Alan Trivedi, Trivedi Coaching & Consulting Group
7. Go With What You Don't Know
Take a role on the team that is not in your wheelhouse. Stretch yourself in an area you are less comfortable with because it will inherently require you to collaborate with others on the team and curb the instinct to do it alone. As you see the knowledge others bring, it will help you develop trust and the understanding that everyone has skills to contribute without you being the one directing. - Tonya Echols, Thrive Coaching Solutions
8. Reach Higher
Forget about wanting to do the work yourself. If the projects you are on can be accomplished by you alone, you are not reaching high enough. Pick projects that are bigger, set goals that are higher and force yourself to work on a team. The only way to get more comfortable with something is to get more practice at it. Choose bigger projects. - Jim Vaselopulos, Rafti Advisors, Inc.
9. Pick Low Stakes Situations
To get used to delegating work, pick scenarios where someone can work on something that won't cause a major issue if it's not completed in the best manner the first time. For example, get used to asking people to work on internal projects versus client-facing ones. Or, break down assignments into steps. Have someone work on one piece of the assignment before moving on to the next part. - Rosie Guagliardo, InnerBrilliance Coaching
10. Enter The Game At 80%
For those who find that doing the work yourself is easier than collaborating with a team, here's a quick rule: Allow others to do the first cut, then include yourself at the 80% point where they need input. If they get to 100%, then you only need to review and approve. If they do need input short of completion, you save the time of having to do the first 80%, and they learn and grow by doing. - John Hittler, Evoking Genius
11. Get To Know Your Peers
Teamwork doesn't work if you don't get to know one another. Spend some informal time getting to know your peers. This can happen by dropping by their office for a chat, engaging in personal conversations before or after a meeting, over coffee and more. While it might feel like you don't have time to do so, building relationships with your team helps you leverage your time in the long term. - Jenn Lofgren, Incito Executive & Leadership Development
12. Discover Competing Commitments
When we hold back from teamwork, it has an impact. First, consider how your behavior helps achieve the wanted outcomes, and how does it hold you back? Second, accept that your behavior is serving a specific commitment (belief, value, habit pattern, etc.). Third, name the competing commitment. Finally, design safe experiments to evaluate new commitments that will better serve you now. - Tom Hardison, Generative Leadership Group, LLC
13. Calm Your Inner Critic
The reason you feel uncomfortable is that you do not believe others can do the work as well as you. You are likely a perfectionist! Be curious with your team, find out what strengths others have and share tasks that you are confident others can do well. This will build trust and help your inner critic relax around delegating and sharing work. - Jane Viljoen, Best Hopes Coaching and Consulting
14. Let Go To Grow
Doing all the work yourself carries two major risks. First, it caps your potential because there is only so much you can accomplish on your own. Second, as your responsibilities increase, so will your risk for burnout as you struggle to get everything done. Shift your mindset from "I have to do all the work" to "I want to make sure all the work gets done." If you want to grow, let go. - Gary Bradt,Bradt Leadership, Inc.
15. Get A Partner To Liaise With The Team
We can't change how we like to work. Instead of making yourself work in a big team that you'll end up hating, bring on a partner or a GM who can do all the team working on your behalf. He or she can manage the humans and the work, leaving you to focus on what you want to do. Decide what you love best, and find someone else who is as passionate about the team and let him/her lead it. -Dr. Rachel MK Headley, Rose Group Int'l LLC
Originally posted here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2018/10/03/create-company-rapport-15-ways-to-build-trust-through-teamwork
Forbes Coaches Council is an invitation-only, fee-based organization comprised of leading business coaches and career coaches. Members are hand-selected by the Council’s selection committee. Find out if you qualify at forbescoachescouncil.com/qualify.