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Teamwork Is an Individual Skill

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Knowing how to work effectively in and through groups may be the single most important skill anyone can develop in today's collaborative, team-based workplace. Unfortunately, all of the resources available on teamwork put the emphasis on group process and ignore the role of-and benefits to-the individual. But effective teamwork isn't only a group skill set; it's an individual skill set as well. Teamwork Is an Individual Skill shows readers how to develop the skills to thrive on any team, under any circumstances. No longer will readers find themselves complaining, "I got assigned to a bad team." Instead, they'll know what to do to make any team work for them. Drawing on over twenty years of experience successfully developing professional teams in product development, R&D, and high-tech environments, Christopher Avery and his coauthors use brief thought-provoking essays, personal and teambuilding exercises, case studies, and insights from business leaders to teach readers how to build responsible and productive relationships at work. The authors show how and why your ability to assume personal responsibility-for your own work on a team and for the team's collective work-is the most important factor in ensuring a productive team experience. Teambuilding, the authors point out, is essentially a series of conversations between people who share responsibility to get something done. Teamwork Is an Individual Skill describes the way these conversations typically progress, and shows the reader how to predict and direct these conversations so that they can maximize the benefits to both themselves and to their team. Designed for easy access and for use by both individuals and groups, Teamwork Is an Individual Skill will equip readers with the mental skills and behaviors that will help them achieve personal goals while contributing to their team's success.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Foreword
  5. Preface
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Introduction: Developing TeamWisdom for Personal Success
    1. What Is Team Wisdom?
    2. Understanding Hierarchies and Teams
    3. To Take Full Advantage of TeamWisdom You Must Change Your Habits of Mind
    4. How Do You Get Things Done without Control?
    5. Playing a Win/Win Game in a Win/Lose World
  8. 1 Teamwork As an Individual– Not Group–Skill
    1. What Is “TeamWisdom?”
    2. Teamwork As an Individual Event
    3. Agree to Response-Ability
    4. Is Your Silence Consent?
    5. The Benefit of Showing You Can Be Provoked
    6. Experience Judgments Completely So You Can Clear Them Away
    7. An Upset Is an Opportunity to Learn
    8. Conceive New Relationships as Avenues of Contribution
    9. The Gift of a “Present Hero”
    10. Master Your Intentions
    11. Living and Working “on” Purpose
  9. 2 Creating Powerful Partnerships
    1. What’s in It for Them?
    2. It’s in Your Interest to Be Helpful to Other People
    3. Protect the Interests of Other People
    4. The Miracle of Efficient Gifts
    5. Celebrate the Successes of Other People
    6. Appreciate Conflict
    7. Distinguish Criticism from Feedback
    8. What about Their Integrity?
    9. End with the Beginning in Mind
    10. All Teams Need Closure
  10. 3 Collaborating “on” Purpose
    1. Clarity Is the Source of Power
    2. Come Together Over Commitment and Skills Will Follow
    3. Teammates Don’t Have to Like Each Other
    4. Stop Trying to Motivate
    5. How Do You Know if Your Team Is “Built”?
    6. Who Is the Most Powerful Member of Your Team?
    7. Consensus
    8. Fast Consensus
    9. Don’t Rely on a “Common Enemy” for a Sustainable Goal
    10. Reorient the Relationship for Renewed Direction and Energy
  11. 4 Trusting Just Right
    1. Trust Reflects Responsibility
    2. The Formula for Building Trust
    3. How to Trust Just Right
    4. Talking about Violations of Trust
    5. “Calling” Others on Broken Agreements
    6. Clean Up Broken Agreements
    7. Acknowledge Mistakes
    8. Apologize Effectively
    9. How to Make Amends
    10. How to Recommit after Making Amends
  12. 5 The Collaborative Mindset
    1. Play a “Big” Game Instead of a “Small” One
    2. The TeamWisdom Theory of Relativity
    3. Honor Differences
    4. Competitor or Antagonist?
    5. Intentional and Reactive Relationship Outcomes
    6. Value Both the Task and the People Performing the Task
    7. Keys to Extraordinary Collaboration
    8. The Bedrock of Collaboration
    9. Expansion Is the Collaborative Leader’s Most Powerful Tool
    10. Relationship Integrity Makes Collaboration Possible
    11. Integrate for Expansion: Expand for Integration
  13. Conclusion: Demonstrating TeamWisdom from This Point Forward
    1. Choose to Demonstrate TeamWisdom
    2. Commit to the Journey
    3. A Five-Step Action Plan
    4. Own Your Results
    5. Associate with People Who Expect TeamWisdom
    6. Take Baby Steps
  14. Notes
  15. Index
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  17. About the Authors
    1. TeamWisdom Invitation Contributors
  18. Berrett-Koehler Publishers