Building the key skill of…teamwork

Being a good team member is vital to being a great technician.

Have you seen ‘The Last Dance’ yet on Netflix? If not, stop reading this immediately and go enjoy some quality bingeing (heads up, there are some adult themes and it’s recommended for 15+).

You’re back already? Good. It’s great isn’t it?

The story of the Chicago Bulls in the 1980-90s is enthralling and watching the documentary it is easy to think that everything revolved around the team’s talismanic player, Michael Jordan.

However, as Jordan himself said: ‘Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.’ When things weren’t going well for the Bulls, it wasn’t necessarily at times when Jordan was injured or not playing, it was when players and staff weren’t cooperating and pulling together as a team.

Almost all technicians work as part of a team, it’s rare for any technician not to be working and collaborating with others – and for many technicians, teamwork is not only key, it’s one of the most enjoyable parts of the job. Take for instance Nicole, a Software Support Specialist at IBM:

When a major issue comes up, it’s great getting everyone together to pull in all the different ideas.

There is a lot to being a good team member. Compromise and give-and-take are vital in making progress and avoiding unnecessary conflicts. However, it’s not all about difficult situations. As Paul, a Gallery Technician at the Science Museum in London says:

You’ve got to know almost everything about everything to work in these galleries. But the beauty is that if you don’t know it, someone else in the team will, and no one keeps things to themselves - everyone shares ideas and that’s how we come up with some of the more unusual exhibits!

The Skills Builder Universal Framework provides lots of information and ideas on developing essential skills such as teamwork. So, even if you think you are already pretty good at working with others and being supportive, take a look and see if there are any areas that you could brush up on.

And finally, Michael Jordan has delivered many memorable quotes over the years, but it’s easy for us to pick our favourite:

Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.

Visit the Skills Builder site for more information on each of the eight essential skills.

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