3 Serious Challenges With Teamwork

The benefits of working in a team cannot be overstressed. Teamwork produces “exponential” results: the sum of the whole is far greater than the sum of its parts. In fact, because teams leverage the power of synergy, their results are far greater than the sum of the each member’s results.

However, working in a team isn’t always easy. Teamwork comes with its challenges. Although you get to leverage the contributions of the various team members, you also get to deal with their idiosyncrasies and foibles.

1. Team Members Must Connect

Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Everyone has their personality and background. Everyone has their pet peeves, their likes and dislikes.

A team provides an environment for great support, where the weaknesses of one are mitigated by the strengths of the others. However, it also creates an environment that is prone to conflicts. In fact, in a team, disagreements and misunderstandings are bound to happen.

Team members need to learn to sort through disagreements and to clarify misunderstandings.

For a team to operate effectively, team members must connect with one another. When they do, the atmosphere becomes favorable for the team to produce great work.

2. Team Members Must Collaborate

You don’t usually get to pick your teammates. Yet, you are required to collaborate with them effectively.

This is a challenge because collaboration means you don’t always get your way. Sometimes, your ideas are accepted and promoted. Sometimes, they’re not. And you must be at peace with that.

Unfortunately, many aren’t. They have a my-way-or-the-highway attitude, which erodes the spirit of collaboration. They create trouble.

Working in a team demands a good balance of “give and take”.

3. Team Members Must Contribute

The success of the team relies on the contributions of its members. If one member fails to carry out their part of the workload, it hampers the team’s progress and can compromise its chances of success.

As such, team members depend on one another to produce results. This means that all members must commit to producing their best work.

If you were working alone, you wouldn’t depend on anyone’s contribution. Thus, you wouldn’t have to deal with issues related to other people’s work. However, in a team, if but one member is unwilling or unable to do their part, the whole team suffers.

For the team to operate effectively, each member of the team must bring their “A” game on the field and deploy their best efforts to help the team reach its goals.


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Vladimir Elie

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