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When Teamwork Works, The Team Works

Ever been at a job interview where you get asked if you were a team player?  It’s a pretty typical question.  Now, how are you supposed to answer that?  Unless you are trying out for a solo round-the-world yachting record, you’re most likely expected to respond to the affirmative (although I would say even “soloists” of any kind would say it takes a team of people to get them to where they are).

In my experience I have seen many people claim they are team players but really they are the “free-riders” who hide behind others to do the hard work whilst they all claim the glory at the end of the day.  As usual, I sought out the Oxford Dictionary for a definition of Teamwork:

“the combined action of a group, especially when effective and efficient”.*

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Office of Professional Responsibility

In show business, there is a saying “Never work with children or animals”. Some days, actually most days, I feel the same could be said for office life. Today was one of those days…

I have never been one for office politics or for playing games when it comes to my personal or professional life.  To me, a job is a job, and as a consultant and contractor who typically stays at a place for not more than 6-12 months, I see my job as working with a client on whatever the project happens to be, deliver it and get out in the quickest possible time.  My motto, and I say this to people often, is “You win, I win.  You fail, I fail.”  That is what teamwork is all about.  So why is it that some people feel like it is their life’s mission to make your life hell?

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