Teamwork: 6 relevant team competencies


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Teamwork is a term that everyone associates with something different: conflict-free cooperation, for example, or Guide in the team. And the term just got worn down by the New Work. 6 tips tell you what's really behind it. Teamwork

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Team-capable - definition

In at least every second job advertisement there is the word that nobody understands correctly. "You are able to work in a team" or "we require teamwork". We include formulations such as “you act in a team and service-oriented manner” or “cooperative behavior”.

If we ask customers if they are able to work in a team, almost everyone ascribes it to them. Even if some colleagues don't like to hear the term and groan at the word “team”. They have often had bad experiences with teamwork. Typical nerve factors are ineffective meetings and meetings where nothing comes out - or just a lazy compromise. If they weren't, (almost) everything would be fine - that's how many see it.

Customer view on team ability

If we ask customers what they understand by teamwork, we get very different answers.

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1. Working harmoniously with others?

Some interpret it as an ability to work harmoniously with others. Signs of good teamwork are for them the lunch together and a feeling of belonging together. Team-able, who respects harmony and communicates well.

Team development is above all “doing together”. Subordinating one's own ego seems to be the main task in such a context. In the job, everyone usually has their own tasks.

2. Interdisciplinary cooperation

The others interpret teamwork as a competence for interdisciplinary collaboration, in which everyone gives their part to the whole. This is about the “I”, that is, the individual, as well as the we, that is, all together.

Basically like the football game that you can only win if everyone participates. In which there is a kind of collective consciousness and self-confidence and a common goal - the victory.

How does teamwork look like?

Traditional work is often characterized by the first image of teamwork.

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Such teamwork often takes place in Grossraumburos, where they are used, for example, in the field of sales, in which each has its customers, but supports the others with problems and questions.

Teamwork in New Work

New work in the digital age, on the other hand, is often determined by a collaboration of the second kind. This type of cooperation is complex because it is necessary to create a balance.

Bayern Munich can demonstrate that this balance between me and us is possible, even if there are individual stars in a team. HSV is currently showing that even good single players are of little use if the “we” doesn't work.

Leadership in the team

Large differences in performance can also be observed in company teams. There are teams that play well together - and others, because the possibilities of the individual simply don't add up ...

By the way: Harald Smolak has in his contribution how complex the topic leadership is in the team Leadership in the team is difficult: 5 tips for better management and also gives 5 tips on how to do it better.

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6 relevant team competences

We have identified six relevant team competencies, which together define the degree of teamwork: willingness to cooperate, attitude, communication, self-knowledge, reflexion and structural capacity.

All are relevant, and only if they all play together, is there a form of teamwork, which also allows for a joint performance and a succession of players.

  1. Cooperation: Cooperative willingness is therefore important, because each individual must be willing to cooperate with the others. This sounds simple, but in practice it is often quite hard. If team members have the experience that not the sharing of knowledge, but the restraint is rewarded, this undermines willingness to cooperate. A kind of pseudo-cooperation emerges, at the end of which everyone is careful not to release too much knowledge.
  2. Attitude: The attitude is the basic requirement: Who does not believe in common goals and does not see the team as an opportunity for their own development, does not have the right attitude for teamwork. This may be related to the previous team experiences were disappointing. Or that Company and team leaders were unable to set common goals.
  3. Communication: Communication is the easiest way to learn. To give feedback is, for example, an art that not everyone has mastered. The point is not only to praise or to criticize, but both. And there is the simple rule: No feedback is the worst at all - and at the same time the most common.
  4. Self-knowledge: Without self-knowledge no recognition of others. Only those who know their own strengths and limits, can really appreciate the others. If, for example, you are afraid to make mistakes because of a bad self-image, you will be so concentrated that you can barely see them. Self-knowledge means having a realistic assessment, neither too low nor too high. This point is the most personal of all. The team can help develop self-knowledge, as it always offers a comparison, a kind of bar.
  5. Reflectivity: Reflectiveness is closely linked to this. This not only involves thinking about oneself, but also about the relationships between one another and the processes in the team. How did something go? How do we work together? What is good - and where is it?
  6. Structural Ability: Structural capability is often underestimated. It is the ability to pursue goals, to focus on the crucial point, to make plans and to distinguish the important from the unimportant. The effects of a lack of structural ability in everyday office life are omnipresent: just think of uneven workloads or the famous “social” lazing around. “TEAM = great someone else does it” also has a lot to do with how much everyone cares about goals.

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  1. Anne-cathrin Kreysel

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  2. Anne-cathrin Kreysel

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  3. Kompetenz.Persönlich.Gestalten.

    The article describes very nicely the experiences, which one as also Personaler in presentations discussions makes. If you ask applicants whether you are team-capable, the ant: YES. If you ask more, then often comes little as an answer. Sometimes even a red head with the candidate. The abovementioned competences describe the term very well.

    • Simone Janson

      I can imagine this well - that is then again the problem of job advertisements, which expect any good-sounding phrases - and the candidates then try to judge, come what may.

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    In the team, it is particularly important to find the abovementioned competences among the team members
    since the success of each individual member of the team and, consequently, the competences of the members contribute to the overall success in the team. In this case, every member of the team must be given coaching and assistance in particular for the underdeveloped competencies.

    • Simone Janson

      Hallo,
      Thanks for the hint.

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  12. Karsten Strauss

    Honestly, if one completes all 6 criteria evenly, one is the perfect person - at least in a performance, which - fortunately, I find - hardly has anything to do with reality. Even the point 4 takes under normal conditions for a lifetime ....

    • Simone Janson

      Of course, such an article can only reflect the ideal conditions. But they address how difficult teamwork is in reality.

      • Karsten Strauss

        I find ideal platitudes neither helpful nor really can they explain “relevant team skills”. (May be a bit drastic, but short and understandable, isn't it?). By the way, I don't find teamwork so difficult when I have previously defined and communicated what I mean by a team ...

  13. Siegfried Baumeister

    “In addition to individual teamwork, I also think that teamwork is an option. In other words: do the respective structures and processes encourage teamwork or do they even prevent it? Unfortunately, in addition to the attitude and behavioral questions, the system question is very often forgotten and so some struggle with their behavior under hostile conditions ... "

    • Simone Janson

      Hello Mr. Baumeister, thank you for the important reference, since you are right, it also always depends on the circumstances. Just recently, I read that teambuilding does nothing, for example, because colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere can understand, for example, but can not work together.

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