Teamwork Requires Good Communication and Directions
There’s another teachable moment here. The written directions said one thing
and the layout of the form implied another. Teamwork requires communicat-
ing effectively and asking questions when you don’t understand. The directions
you read and the visual implications of the form were different, confusing, and
they set you up to fail.
People often get frustrated by the actions or inactions of others. Do you
help people succeed by communicating well? Or do you assume other team
members will see what needs to be done and do it as you want?
Good Communication for Those Giving the Directions
Often others can’t do what is requested of them because they just don’t under-
stand what is wanted. When other adults aren’t performing well or being good
team players, you have to ask yourself these questions:
Was my communication effective, or did I set up people to fail?
Did I communicate at all or just assume the person would know what
to do and how to do it?
Did I communicate in a variety of ways?
Did I give people a chance to ask questions to ensure they under-
stood? winning ways
Good Communication for Those Receiving the Directions
Keep in mind that a winning team begins with you. Not understanding what
you are supposed to do for the team isn’t an excuse for not performing. You
can’t use old excuses like “Well, I didn’t know,” or “No one told me.” When
you are working on a team, especially one that cares for children, you must
take responsibility for doing things right, even if others get it wrong.
Don’t use excuses for inaction or incorrect action.
Act when you see that something needs to be done, even if no one
Ask questions if you don’t understand.
Don’t gauge how much work you should do by comparing yourself to
others around you. Do your best regardless of their actions.