The phrase used to be “Team-up.” Company A and Company B are going to Team-up to address this big consumer need.
Now the term is “Partner.” Organization A and Organization B are going to partner together to seek a resolution to this community issue.
Both of these phrases essentially deal with different organizations working together with a common goal. But even within the same organization, the ultimate organizational success usually requires people from different areas or with different functions to “Team-up.”
So, what do you do when you’re asked to Team-up with someone else at your own company?
To Team-up effectively, here are 3 quick suggestions:
- Help Others – When you see a co-worker with a need (figuring out some video conferencing app, understanding how to interpret a policy, or dealing with a difficult customer situation), stop what you’re doing and offer to help. Don’t simply bypass someone in need.
- Know Your Role – Understand how your job, your skills and expertise, and your experience fit in the greater organization. Know how your actions and decisions affect others; often, what you say or the work you produce (your “Output”) is the Input for a co-worker.
- Collaborate with Others – Be willing to meet with and work together in formulating plans, dealing with issues, and delivering services. Support what’s best for the whole group, even if it may not be your first choice. Encourage your co-workers and give them positive reinforcement.
Before you Team-up with others, take a moment to truly understand what is expected of you. Seek opportunities to help, understand how you affect others, and work with others as a good teammate toward a collective goal.