The beauty of this month’s blog (well really every month’s blog) is that it is geared towards every human in the workforce. From the top dog CEO to the bottom of the totem pole—this is for you! Ok, I’m about to hit us all with some ugly truth—we are not perfect. I know. I know. It’s not fun to hear; but the truth hurts sometimes. We all have some things we can work on in both our personal and professional lives. We can all work on being better humans and team players in this game of life. If you want to be a valuable asset to your organization and to the human race you’ve got to strive to be an excellent team player. Here are some tips on how to accomplish that:
- Commit—I know what you’re thinking. “I’m committed. I get up every morning and go to work.” Well good for you! If you want to be a great teammate you’ve got to genuinely commit to the cause. Don’t just show up. Show up and perform. Give 100% all day every day. Focus on the big picture of what it is your team is trying to accomplish, and strive for excellence.
- Adapt—Be flexible to unexpected situations thrown your way. Don’t sit back and watch someone else do the work or take one for the team. If you want to be a rock star teammate then you need to make the magic happen. Tackle the challenge with a smile on your face without stressing or complaining about it. Be like Nike. Just do it!
- Be Reliable—There’s nothing more frustrating than working with people you cannot count on. Can we all agree? But it happens, and sometimes we’re the reason it happens. Take a moment to self-reflect……………….ok, come back to me. Be reliable and responsible, people. Be on top of your game. Work hard and build positive relationships with your team members.
- Listen—You’ve got to listen to your team. Listening is one of the most sincere forms of respect. Hear everyone out. Take their viewpoints into consideration. Listen with the intent to understand not with the intent to reply. Booya! Let me make you read that again. Listen with the intent to understand not with the intent to reply. You don’t have to agree with everything you hear, but you’ll build a better relationship because you’ve zipped your lip and let your ears work.
- Compromise—Be willing to compromise your point of view. Do it to support your team. Have you ever heard the phrase “a beautiful compromise is an agreement whereby both parties get what neither of them wanted?” Now you have. You’re welcome! There is a boat load of knowledge within in your team. You’ve got to give a little and take a little. Use it, don’t lose it!
Ok, there you have it! Let’s all go out there and strive to be better humans and teammates. And in the words of country music star Tim McGraw, don’t take the girl. Just kidding! Always stay humble and kind, ya’ll.
Written by Kayla Stansbury, Recruiter