Let’s Put the TEAM back in Teamwork!

Recently, I ran across an acronym for TEAM that I hadn’t hear before, and it really got me thinking about what it means to be part of a team.  The acronym is this:

Trust

Empowerment

Accountability

Motivation

While the normal acronym – “Together Everyone Achieves More” – tells what teams actually do, this new acronym describes how a team should function.  Let’s look at each of these individually:

Trust.  In order for a team to work properly, there needs to be a certain level of trust between team members.  It involves learning about each other’s capabilities and depending on each other to do exactly what was promised.  It also implies that everyone will be respected and allowed to speak their mind without repercussions and lean on each other for help when needed.

Empowerment.  Along with trust, a team empowers its members to do the job they’ve been given and make decisions that will allow the team to meet their goals and deadlines.  No micromanaging allowed!

Accountability.  With trust and empowerment also comes accountability.  Each member is expected and held responsible for their part in ensuring the team’s success.  It also means that you should speak up if you need help and be transparent when things aren’t going as expected so the team can adjust accordingly.

Motivation.  A big key to success is making sure each team member stays motivated.  Motivation can take many forms – mini-rewards for hitting milestones, shout-outs for exceptional work, and more.  The point is the team is responsible for keeping each other focused and on track and motivated to finish the project well.

So, how does your team measure up?  Let us know!

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