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Keys to successful teams

1. Commitment: Being committed to the purpose and values of an organization provides a clear sense of direction. Commitment is the foundation for synergy in groups.
2. Contribution: The power of an effective team is in direct proportion to the skills members possess and the initiative members expend. Work teams need people who have strong technical and interpersonal skills and are willing to learn. Teams also need self-leaders who take responsibility for getting things done.
3. Communication: For a work group to reach its full potential, members must be able to say what they think , ask for help, share new or unpopular ideas, and risk making mistakes. This can only happen in an atmosphere where team members show concern, trust one another, and focus on solutions, not problems. Communication—when it is friendly, open and positive—plays a vital role in creating such cohesiveness.
4. Conflict Management: It is inevitable that teams of bright, diverse thinkers will experience conflict from time to time. The problem is not that differences exist, but in how they are managed. If leaders help work teams to manage conflict effectively, the team will be able to maintain trust and tap the collective power of the team.

In this module we covered:

  • Roles, expectations and type of teams 
  • Volunteer responsibilities and code of ethics 
  • The importance of partners to Medical Teams; what it’s like working with field partners; and how we choose our partners 
  • Being a part of a team and keys to successful teams 
  • Organizational structure

Looking forward - Module III will cover:

  • Key cultural differences and their impact on interpersonal and workplace communication. 
  • Basic strategies for working effectively across cultures. 
  • The cultural adjustment process.