Article (August-2018)


Varied minds towards a common specific goal...

Smitha Swamy

Designation : -   Head HR

Organization : -  Festo Global Production Centre, Bangalore


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How do you define teamwork in contemporary terms?
SS Teamwork in contemporary terms - Varied personalities working towards a specific goal with contributing factors such as Positive Attitude, Determination to Succeed, Ambitious to succeed by taking calculated risks, Valuing each other keeping personal egos aside, Embracing change according to changing times and Undeterred focus without losing sight of the end result. Contemporary business has thrived with the use of teamwork in creating products, solving problems and developing alternatives and with the right Attitude of the employees and zeal to achieve the common goals would go very well in achieving and creating "Success Stories".
Team work is growing beyond personal interactions to crossing borders through help of virtual interactions with technology enabled services available these days. Employees from different cultures are coming together to work as teams complementing each other strengths.
What do you think - Is team building/team work an art or a science? Do you (in your organisation) have ever thought over the chemistry and mathematics of team work (please share with an anecdote)?
SS "Just as varied paths could lead to a single destination, varied minds could accomplish a single goal through teamwork" (Anecdote).
To me definitely it is an "art" as emotional intelligence plays a significant role in a team environment. Artificial Intelligence could be classified as scientific, but emotional intelligence is an art which can be sculpted to the extent one adapts it, just as a sculptor's passion results in a magnificent artwork.
Most of the leading organization has found that high - performing teams share similar attributes - like energy, creativity, and mutual commitment that can be observed, quantified and measured. Teams with these qualities are likely to be higher - performing than others. Finding that right person is a bit of an art, but you can get help from a scientifically - backed personality test that helps you learn about the strengths and development areas of all your team members.
As mentioned earlier, the best teams embrace diversity of all kinds - race, age, sex, education, cultural background, and more. I strongly believe that "surrounding yourself with people that do not see the world through your lens can be incredibly valuable." The most profitable teams are often the most diverse ones, so it pays quite literally to build teams with a wide variety of people and personality types.
What does it really mean to be a team player, in times when virtual teams and robots are taking over the workplace where technology neutralizes the chemistry of teamwork?
SS In times of virtual teams and robots, what it really means to be a team player - When technology neutralises the chemistry of teamwork, use the same technology to enhance effective communication within the virtual teams.  Virtual teams have become a fact of business life, so what does it take to make them work effectively?
Some of the basic principles for making the Virtual Team work is :
  • Get the team together physically early-on.
  • Clarify tasks and processes, not just goals and roles.
  • Commit to a communication charter.
  • Leverage the best communication technologies.
  • Agree on a shared language.
  • Create a "virtual water cooler."
  • Clarify and track commitments.
  • Foster shared leadership.