10 Best Practices for Dynamic Teamwork

Manage stress.  Stress is a gift when it comes in the right dose.  You need some stress to help you be fully on your game.  Create challenges on the team, make them fun and meaningful.  Also take time to honor work/life balance for one another!

Optimize conflict.  Conflict just is; it isn’t good or bad until the team takes the conflictual event one direction or another.  To make the most of the opportunities conflict offers, exercise patience with one another, be actively willing to see the matter from someone else’s perspective and bring your flexibility to the table.  In times of conflict team members can ask themselves if they would rather be happy or be right.  This can be a powerful tool for gaining perspective.  It doesn’t call for compromising; rather it is important for team members to be an advocate for their perspectives if the situation calls for it, as well as to be willing to listen to others. Then when a decision is made all team members need to get behind it.

Intend to trust the team as a whole.  Trust is a result as demonstrated in the Collaborative Growth Team Model. http://www.theemotionallyintelligentteam.com/takethetesi.asp.  Trust develops as a result of respectful, consistent and active communications and interpersonal relationship.

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