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Describe your best and worst teamwork experiences. Did everyone do their share? Did leadership help or hinder the team? What would have improved team performance? <o:p></o:p>
Leadership makes all the difference in the world on the successful execution of teamwork. My best experience was a manager who took on some calculations himself (i.e., he was pitching in where needed and calculations weren't "beneath him") to help the team get the work done when the rest of the team was overloaded. Because he was willing to pitch in to make the project a success, it made the rest of us more inspired to put our hearts and souls into it. The worst experience was where I was managing a project that had a lot of higher-level involvement (several VPs were on the team; I was not a VP) and it quickly became a situation where the VPs were pulling off people designated for my project unto other projects and disregarding their own designated tasks on the project. But because they outranked me, I couldn't really do anything. Therefore, I was left in what felt like an impossible situation. It's a long story on how the project eventually got finished; but it did finish.
Describe your best and worst teamwork experiences. Did everyone do their share? Did leadership help or hinder the team? What would have improved team performance?
Thanks for this Bill!<o:p></o:p>
Calling a group of people initially assigned to work together within a project a "team" is premature, at best.<o:p></o:p>
They may be individual experts at various parts of the required project work. But until there is evidence of team behaviors, they are not yet a team.<o:p></o:p>
Productive project team members are skilled at collaboration, cooperation, and communication.<o:p></o:p>
They are no longer grounded in "Defensive Communication."<o:p></o:p>
And when someone confronts them with their opinion, their first response will be:<o:p></o:p>
"Tell me more….please."<o:p></o:p>
 Effective and Efficient.<o:p></o:p>
During my internship was when I was really privileged to be involved in an actual team work projects. My experience while writing work the team was positive as the team structure allowed for collaboration while executing each work item. With the proper integration of the company system it was possible to track the work done by each person and reach out to them if need be. A major challenge though, was getting in touch with persons who were working remotely on some days.
Unarguably though, I would say the leadership deserved the most accolade as it was their impeccable mode of leading that allowed for the excellent performance of the team members.
Being a small part of a major sanitary (can we still use that word?) engineering project in a NE US major city,
at a public hearing for program approval, the City's Engineer opened up the citizen's time to ask questions with:
"Our engineer's are here to listen your thoughts, questions, comments, and criticisms. Please participate."