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The Importance of Preparation in Teamwork

The Importance of Preparation in Teamwork

If your team is well prepared, the battle is half-won. In this article, we will be looking at some of the ways you can ensure that your team is prepared for success.

Assessment

The first step towards being well prepared is knowing for what you are preparing. Determine where the team is headed and examine what the conditions will be along the way. It is also vital to assess the price that the team will have to pay to get there.

Alignment

The team may know where they are going, but they will never get there if they are not lined up with their goals. Active alignment is essential for the success of the team. It is not just about working hard, but it also important for the team to be doing the right work.

Attitude

At times, teams prepare physically for projects but neglect to pay attention to their attitude. For a team to be successful, they need to prepare for the mental aspects of the projects, as well as the physical aspects. It is essential that the team members have a positive attitude about themselves, each other and the project.

Action

At some point, action needs to be taken. Being prepared means being ready to take the first step when the time comes to do so.

How to improve your team’s preparedness

  • Encourage them to become process thinkers. Getting ready is one of the secrets of a team’s success. Getting ready requires that the team thinks ahead and recognize now what they will need later. This is done by walking through the process ahead of time and breaking the tasks down into steps. Thinking through the process also helps the team to determine what preparation is required to complete each step.
  • Encourage them to do more research. In every profession, it is essential that research is done for team members to improve themselves. It is important that your team become familiar with the tools of their trade and become experts in using these tools.
  • Encourage them to learn from their mistakes. One of the greatest preparation tool can be the team member’s experiences. Encourage your team to write down their mistakes, study them and determine what they can do differently when they face a similar situation.

 

Resource: The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player

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