10 Best Practices for Dynamic Teamwork

Develop your team identity.  Know who the team is individually as well as who they are as a cohesive unit within the organization.  Survey your team and the organization to find the perceptions of your team’s identity, and then choose how you want to be known and act.

Know what motivates each team member individually and what motivates the team as a whole.  Intentionally embrace the diverse motivations within the team.

Practice emotional awareness of team members and be aware of the emotional signals you are sending as well as those you receive.  Emotionally aware teams are much more productive because they use all the data being transmitted, including non-verbal information. 

Communicate, communicate, and communicate.  There are more ways to communicate than email!  Go talk to someone.  Get team members to take email breaks.  For example on Thursday mornings, commit to get up and talk to co-workers or call if they aren’t nearby.

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