Most people, upon hearing the word teamwork, would probably guess that it means several people work together on a project towards a common goal.
That is correct. The project could be to have a fundraiser for a group or organization such as a bake sale, a yard sale, a car wash, etc. People volunteer to get together and, as a team, work to get a project up and going.
Maybe someone was voted as leader and everyone else was also giving a specific job to do. As long as everyone does what they need to do or what they were assigned to do everything should be relatively easy and with minimal problems. It could even be fun.
For the most part, being part of a team and spending time with others who share goals can be exciting and a great experience. On the downside, there are some disadvantages to all this. There may be one person who wants to do everything, excluding one or more of the team, so that he or she can receive the credit or glory for a job well done. There may be members of that group who gossip about the others.
Here are a few tips:
• If one is involved in a group requiring teamwork and feels left out or feels unwanted, reevaluate the situation. Decide how important it is to be doing this project. If it doesn’t seem that important anymore, one can quit and leave it all behind.
• If quitting the group is not an option and one feels he or she is being talked badly about, just ignore it and do one’s best to complete the project. There will always be someone talking about others in a negative way, there will always be someone putting others down. Today it’s this person, tomorrow it will be someone new.
• Be helpful. Always be dependable and reliable. Do what is needed and when, then there is no way anyone has anything negative to say that will have any bearing on anyone else.
Being part of a team will always have its up and downs. That is a given when groups of people come together. There are the serious ones, the jokers, the talkers and the hard workers. These groups may clash more than once, hopefully, not interrupting the progress of others and the project at hand. If so, remember to always be polite and mature about the situation. And remember, most of these teamwork groups are based on volunteer work, meaning that no one is paid to have to be there and be laughed at or ridiculed. If walking away seems to be the only option, then walk away.
Those who can’t seem to get along with others or the bossy ones that want to steal the show forget one important rule: There is no “I” in teamwork.     
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