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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.


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 attributes it to themselves. Even if some colleagues less fond of hearing the term and moaning at the word “team”. They have often had bad experiences with teamwork. Typical nerve factors are ineffective meetings and discussions where nothing comes of it - or only a rotten 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.

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”. The own "Ego“Subordinate seems to be the main task in such a context. In the job everyone usually has their own tasks.

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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.

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.

6 relevant team competences

We have identified six relevant team competencies that together determine the degree of teamwork: willingness to cooperate, attitude, Communication, Self-knowledge, ability to reflect and structure.

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 participate in common objectives believes and the team not as an opportunity for their own development sees, he doesn't have the right attitude for teamwork. This may be due to the fact that the team experiences so far have been disappointing. Or that About and team leaders were unable to set common goals.
  3. Communication: Communication is the easiest area to learn. Feedback Giving, for example, is an art that not everyone has mastered. It's about not just praising or criticizing, but both. And there is still the simple rule: No feedback is the worst of all - and at the same time the most common.
  4. Self-knowledge: Without self-knowledge there is no recognition of others. Only those who know their own strengths and limits can really appreciate those of others. For example, if you are afraid because of a bad self-image, Error doing will be so focused that he / she can barely notice the others. 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 to develop self-knowledge, as it always offers a comparison, a kind of yardstick.
  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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18 Responses to "Teamwork: 6 relevant team competencies"

  1. Team competences: And how team-friendly are you? - Recommended contribution cNveWF1lon via @ berufebilder

  2. The 6 relevant team competencies: And how team-friendly are you? - Recommended contribution cNveWF1lon via @ berufebilder

  3. 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.

    1. I can well imagine that - that is then again the problem of job advertisements that expect some good-sounding phrases - and the applicants then try to act accordingly, no matter what.

  4. RT @SvenjaHofert: The 6 relevant team competencies: And how teamwork are you? | PROFESSIONAL PICTURES - - Exciting contributionuvkcr8vCyu

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  9. 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.

    1. Hallo,
      Thanks for the hint.

  10. The 6 relevant team skills: And how teamwork are you ?: Teamwork is a term that everyone uses ... - Exciting contributionUB2wl8YJRl

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  12. Let's be honest: if you even rudimentarily meet all 6 criteria, you are the perfect person - at least in an idea that - fortunately, I think - has little to do with reality. Point 4 alone takes about a whole life under normal conditions….

    1. Of course, such an article can only return the ideal conditionsspiegeln. But they are addressing how difficult teamwork is in reality.

      1. I find ideal platitudes neither helpful nor can they really explain “relevant team skills”. (Maybe a bit drastic, but short and understandable, right?). By the way, I don't find team work that difficult if I have defined and communicated beforehand what I mean by a team ...

  13. “In addition to the individual ability to work in a team, I believe that team opportunities must also be taken into account. In other words: do the respective structures and processes promote teamwork or do they even prevent it? Unfortunately, in addition to questions of attitude and behavior, the system question is very often forgotten and so many people struggle with their behavior under team-hostile conditions ... "

    1. 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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