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Take Responsibility for Your Teamwork

November 10, 2009 by  
Filed under Teamwork, Values

I recently read an article about issues you could be creating at work without realizing it.  Most of us want to be considered part of a team – a group of people actively taking part in moving our company toward success.  My experience has been, however, that we often fill our days with actions that result in driving our co-workers away.

Two behaviors I see every day are easily changed if you pay attention to your behavior, and the actions you are taking:

  • Complaining about a co-worker or your boss behind their back.   Most generally, this complaining takes place in conversations with a neighbor or in the company cafeteria – to another co-worker or a friend.  And, it most generally backfires, getting back to the person you are complaining about.  On top of it, the person you are complaining to can do absolutely nothing to take care of the issue.  The best solution to this type of behavior is two-fold.  1)  Address your conversation to the person who can do something about it – the individual you are complaining about or your manager.  2)  When you catch yourself complaining – stop.  
  •  Negative attitudes.  This is one of the quickest ways to drive co-workers away I know.  No one wants to hang around people with a negative attitude.  When you are negative, you are missing the opportunities being presented to you to grow and learn.  You limit the positive relationships you could be having with your co-workers, and a much happier day.  The next time you feel inclined to say “bah humbug”, think again!  How about saying “tell me more!  I would love to hear what you have to say.”

Check out the article by Alison Green.  She has some interesting comments you may be interested in exploring further.  Alison Green is the author of Managing to Change the World: The Nonprofit Leader’s Guide to Getting Results.

Georgia Feiste, owner of Collaborative Transitions, located in Lincoln, NE, is a business, career and personal life coach, writer, and workshop facilitator.  Her passion is success grounded in purpose and passion, standards of integrity and priorities in life.  She provides support and encouragement as her clients set intentional goals to attain their desires, holding open the space they need to stretch and grow.

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