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Monday's with Mona - Word of the Week: Teamwork

August 12, 2018

Unity is strength...when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.

~Mattie Stepanek


Do you consider yourself a team player?  Do you focus on a personal agenda or the goals and advancement of your team?  Do you work to bring cooperation and added value to those on your team? 

International leadership expert and grateful to say, my mentor, Dr. John Maxwell, teaches that leadership is a learned skill more than it is natural talent.  So, the good news is that we can all develop the skills to become better team members and improve our teamwork. 


Consider this:  To become stronger at teamwork, we must become better collaborators.  We must trust each other, respect the opinions of others, and communicate and negotiate toward the desired outcome. The best collaborators are not only creative, they are flexible.  And, they know when to let other team members and ideas lead.  


To develop your teamwork and collaborative skills, try this:

  • Think Win-Win-Win.  Put so well by Zig Ziglar, “You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.”  When we collaborate with others you win, they win and the team wins.  Is there someone on your team that you might also consider a competitor?  Challenge yourself and find ways to information share.  Working together to benefit both you and the team is a great first step.

  • Complement Others.  Seek out others on your team with complementary skills and work together.  You will not only complement strengths and weaknesses, but you will experience personal and professional growth in both zones.  This is a great way to collaborate.

  • “Remove” Yourself from the Picture.  Ask:  What is best for the team?  An example:  The next time you are at a problem-solving meeting and everyone is sharing ideas, instead of advancing your own ideas, ask yourself this:  How would the team progress if they adopted another team member’s solution instead of mine?  If the team would do better, then encourage ideas that support and involve other people’s solutions instead of your own.

As you work on developing your teamwork and collaborative skills, I would love it if you could share your successes with me.  Have a wonderful week!


Mona DelSole is now booking speaking engagements and trainings for 2018-19.

Connect with Mona at www.monadelsole.com or email at mdelsole1@gmail.com



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