Teamwork is an Individual Skill: Getting Your Work Done When Sharing Responsibility

Teamwork is an Individual Skill: Getting Your Work Done When Sharing Responsibility


By (author) Christopher M. Avery, By (author) Meri Aaron Walker, By (author) Erin O'Toole Murphy


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  • Publisher: BERRETT-KOEHLER
  • Format: Paperback | 195 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 18mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2001
  • Publication City/Country: San Francisco
  • ISBN 10: 1576751554
  • ISBN 13: 9781576751558
  • Sales rank: 717,282

Product description

Becoming skilled at doing more with others may be the single most important thing you can do to ensure that you remain employed in the emerging knowledge economy. "Teamwork Is An Individual Skill" offers best practices, tips and developmental activities for taking personal responsibility for the success of teams and other relationships at work. It aims to equip you with a set of individual mental skills and behaviours that will help you create highly responsible and productive relationships. No longer will you find yourself complaining "I got assigned to a bad team". Instead, you'll know what to do to make teamwork work for you. This book aims to remove the ambiguity that exists around teambuilding by focusing on five abilities: personal responsibility for productive relationships; creating powerful partnerships; aligning individuals around a shared purpose; trusting just right; and developing your collaborative mindset. Most importantly, "Teamwork Is An Individual Skill" shows that teamwork is an individual responsibility and skill set, not a group process, and shows how a person can be powerful when sharing responsibility to get things done.

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Author information

Christopher M. Avery, Ph.D., is president of Partnerwerks and has consulted to Charles Schwab & Co., IBM., Motorola, 3M, and many others. Meri Aaron Walker's firm, Between the Lines, helps businesses locate their most powerful communication channels and build two-way messaging mechanisms that link them with audiences. Erin O'Toole Murphy is an organization designer.