As individuals, there is only so much we can accomplish on our own. The reason we work in teams is to come together to accomplish goals we could never complete on our own. If each member of a team is working hard, but not together, a shared goal will not be accomplished. Understanding your own role and how you fit into the team is essential for your team’s success. Working together in a high performing team requires trust, which often results in improved collaboration, increased productivity, and psychological safety.
Building trust requires a multifaceted approach. Each time you engage with a team member in discussion; every time you agree to, and meet, a deadline; every time you clearly communication with your team mates – you are building trust. Building trust takes time, and all of your interactions affect whether or not someone is willing to give you their trust.
It is also essential to ask lots of questions, accept challenging projects, and build your network throughout your career.
What are common misconceptions people have about their inner dialogues and how can we combat them?
Sometimes, people get stuck in their own heads. We replay situations, which can cause us to magnify the importance of an interaction. We are often our own biggest critic, so we can also be our biggest champion. Be thoughtful on what you spend your time worrying about.
At what point in your career did you become passionate about this subject?
Laurie has been working with big companies for about 15 years, and has spent much of her time working with scientific and technical teams. Laurie has seen highly effective teams in action, as well as teams that have struggled. When teams allow someone to come in and help diagnose the issues and problem solve together, the teams have room to grow.
Join us for Building Trust in Your Team on 10/14! We also have an Author Chat on 11/5 with Jill Slye focusing on Reinvesting in Your Rhetoric. On 11/17, Empathy Works led by Carol Salloway will give you the skills have more empathetic communication.