Teamwork – Company culture through conversation

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Teamwork is no accident.

Build a company culture rich in teamwork by getting your employees talking about today.


If you want teamwork to become a cornerstone of your company’s culture, the first step is to get your employees talking about it. Use this competency description to structure your employee conversations.

Employee Descriptors:

“An employee who excels at team-building…”

  • Builds productive work relationships among teams and across teams.
  • Aligns coworkers to shared goals and creates opportunities for teamwork.
  • Remains cooperative, and exhibits a “team player” attitude.
  • Grows a trusted network throughout the organization.
  • Works well with others to solve challenges.
  • Manages conflict effectively.
  • Promotes cooperation among diverse members of the team.
  • Seeks opportunities to collaborate with others.
  • Enables cross-organizational, multiple stakeholder initiatives.
  • Collaborates effectively with stakeholders in and outside the team.
  • Approaches challenges constructively.
  • Acts on opportunities to work with people across the organization.
  • Proactively helps team members meet challenges both within and outside of the workgroup.
  • Shares recognition for successes (i.e., gives credit where credit is due).
  • Looks for and offers feedback on how people could work most effectively together.
  • Encourages open discussions of opportunities to enhance products and services.
  • Maintains a friendly attitude.
  • Coaches people when warranted.
  • Recognizes conflicting priorities and initiates problem solving to find effective solutions.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What makes a good team member?
  2. When was the last time your team faced a challenge or disagreement. How was it resolved?
  3. How would you describe your team’s communication style? If you could would you opt for a more frank, a more diplomatic, or a more polite means of discussion?
  4. In what ways do your team members contribute to teamwork? In what ways do they inhibit it?
  5. Can you remember a time when your team really worked well together? What contributed to your effectiveness?
  6. Has there ever been a time when your team has fallen short of success? What contributed to the challenge and what could have been differently?

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