What is teamwork competency, why and how do we improve our teamwork competency?

Essay by yehuihuahhUniversity, Master'sA+, November 2005

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1. The skill I want to develop and my understanding of this skill.

The skill I want to develop is the teamwork competency.

What is Teamwork? I look up the Webster's New World Dictionary, teamwork is defined as "a joint action by a group of people, in which each person subordinates his or her individual interests and opinions to the unity and efficiency of the group." This does not mean that the individual is no longer important; however, it does mean that effective and efficient teamwork goes beyond individual accomplishments. The most effective teamwork is produced when all the individuals involved harmonize their contributions and work towards a common goal.

In the text, it says that accomplishing tasks through small groups of people who are collectively responsible and whose job requires coordination is teamwork competency.

Related to the text, the following opinions are my understandings of the teamwork competency.

Team is a group of people, each member of which are complementary, united and harmonious enough to chase and dedicate to the same goal and standard that they are assuming the responsibility. It stresses not only the outcome of a particular individual, but the overall performance of the whole team. It relies not only on the discussion and decision of the team, and information sharing and standard intensifying, but the actual fruit of the whole team by co-contribution of the membership. This fruit exceeds the total of individual performance, that is, the performance of team is larger than that of the total of every part. Co-contribution is the core of the teamwork, which requires setting a convincing goal. It is because as long as a practicable and challenging goal is set, could the potential and mood of contribution be exerted among the team, so as to bring useless power to...