Thursday, February 19, 2009

Collaboration - A Key to a Team's Success

Each morning I receive a devotional thought from the team at Equip. This morning's devotional was something that I needed to read since the WRAF team will be coming together this morning to discuss our upcoming fund raiser Care-a-thon. I hope it speaks to you as well:

All in the Same Boat
Some sailors tried to jump ship . . . . Paul saw through their guise and told the centurion and his soldiers, "If these sailors don't stay with the ship, we're all going down." Acts 27:30-31 (The Message)

The quality most needed among teammates amidst the pressure of a difficult challenge is collaboration. Becoming a collaborative team player requires a change in four areas:

1.Perception: See teammates as collaborators, not competitors-completing one another is more important than competing with one another.
2.Attitude: Be supportive, not suspicious, of teammates-if you trust people, you will treat them better. And both you and they will be more likely to create collaborative relationships.
3.Focus: Concentrate on the team, not yourself-author Cavett Roberts points out, "True progress in any field is a relay race and not a single event." If you focus on the team and not just yourself, you will be able to pass the baton when necessary.
4.Results: Create great victories through multiplication-collaboration has a multiplying effect on everything you do, because it releases and harnesses not only your skills but those of everyone on the team.

The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player

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