Inspire Teamwork in USA: Recognize Individual Contributions
by Kate Nasser |
Teamwork in western cultures, especially in the USA, recognizes individual contributions to the team. Contrary to the old myth, there is an I in team. In fact there are a few I’s — individual initiative and identity fueling team results. Recognizing the “I’s” inspires greater effort, contributions and the willingness to share and learn. For non-American leaders of American workplace teams, this information is critical for results.
Great Leaders Inspire Teamwork Through Recognition
- Learn and understand what essential pieces each team member delivers to the team.
- Make it clear that the focus is the team results through initiative and contribution.
- Establish this two step dialogue as the team culture: What do you bring TO the team? What are you learning FROM the team? Introduce this concept at an all hands meeting. Once all understand the purpose of it, do it formally at the end of each week; collate and post the results. It offers individual recognition that simultaneously reinforces contributions to the team. You can recognize and boost morale while avoiding the negative contest aspects of many recognition awards.
It takes individual efforts to produce a team result. Those individual efforts need fuel and recognition is one very strong fuel. Having team members highlight what they learn from each other, keeps that fuel flowing in the direction of team results!
Whether you are new to leadership or a non-American leading USA teams, using these steps from the beginning puts the team on a path to long term success.
What else would you add to this list to fuel zealous effort and contribution to team results?
Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach, delivers workshops to develop service and teamwork that bridges the gaps of diversity. Her new DVD on regional differences in USA is a “must see” for any teams selling or delivering service to American customers.