When we think of team and teamwork, the following words come to mind—communication, collaboration and innovation. However, there is more to great teams than just the standard buzzwords. The foundation of a great team at any level consists of three Cs: Compassion, Consideration and Cooperation.
Compassion shows up in many forms in the workplace. It’s often overlooked, but our ability to be compassionate toward each other as people and to exhibit understanding in all types of situations shows who we are as individuals. When we support each other and empathize by taking the time to care and be kind we become a more cohesive team.
Consideration matters far more than we even realize. Ponder this: How are you defining it? Are you passing it off as how you communicate with each other? It goes much deeper than this. Are you being truly considerate of other team members’ ideas? Are you considerate about the external factors that may affect their day at the office? Is there a willingness to step up and be selfless to help another team member? Do you approach things with respect?
Cooperation is at the core of a successful team. Every team member should play to each others’ strengths and make decisions based on what is needed in different situations. For example, perhaps one team member is fantastic at public speaking but needs help with building content that tells a great story. If that’s your area of strength, team up to get the best outcome. When we cooperate with each other and work together towards the same goal, not only is your team going to succeed, you’re going to significantly contribute to making your entire organization more successful. And that is a win!
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