I took a teamwork survey from 30 or 40 folks at all levels of different organizations. This was an unscientific survey in that, I simply asked for free form feedback on the subject of, "what does your team need to be effective". The following are some of the answers I received, which represent the general tone of them all. Notice a pattern? I was surprised.
Vision. Goals. Purpose.
- People that are committed to the team's goals, which are clearly defined.
- People who have a defined role that fulfills the team's goals.
- Respect for other team members, an understanding of their needs, a sense of purpose
- Everyone is excited about the vision or project.
- A common goal... a feeling of belonging and bringing worth to a greater good.
- Good leadership, proper planning, effective use of individual talents, shared goals
- Strong leadership, but with everyone contributing to the end goal.
- Teamwork requires all people be willing to subordinate themselves to a higher purpose or goal. They may have differing abilities but must have a common purpose.
- Decent understanding of the team's ultimate goal.
- Common vision and goals.
- Everyone needs to be open-minded and willing to work together to accomplish one goal.
- Commitment by each member to work together and solve problems or set goals
- Unity of Purpose, Trust, Respect, Collaboration, Win-Win Attitudes, Clear Goals
- The same vision, a clear understanding of roles within the team, a positive attitude
- Effective teamwork requires all team members to be working towards a common goal