Teamwork … Do You Have What it Takes?

With teams at the core of one’s business strategy, the success of a company can often depends on how well you and other team members collaborate, especially if your team (or the team you are on) is mostly virtual. And these days, virtual teams have become the “new normal” of business life. And in most cases, they carry a significant share of the project workloads in many entrepreneurial businesses – of all sizes – and international corporations. And these virtual teams require higher levels of attention and effort than those who are co-located.

However, the main goals remain the same … every great leader needs a great team. And as we’ve all experienced one time or another, even if someone looks great on paper, you still need to make sure they will be great as a part of your whole business team. So, to make life a little easier for everyone involved here’s a handful of ground rules to keep in your back pocket …

  • Show genuine commitment;
  • Be flexible, reliable and responsible;
  • Be constructive yet keep an open mind;
  • Listen actively and speak second;
  • Encourage opinions and discussions;
  • Be supportive and show respect;
  • Be a problem solver;
  • Create a collaboration space;
  • Appreciate other members work styles; and
  • Celebrate accomplishments and milestones together.

Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.
~ Andrew Carnegie, Business Magnate and Philanthropist

We all want to be great team players and we never want to let anyone down. So, perhaps it’s time for us to reexamine our current ideas about what teamwork really is. And for us to take those ground rules and put them into action. And this goes for all members on the team, leaders included! But with that being said, and given all the factors that need to change, is it any wonder that teamwork is sometimes an uphill battle? Especially working in (or on) a diverse virtual world. However, the most effective virtual teams aren’t the biggest ones. Or the ones who juggle the most tasks. They are the ones who work TOGETHER with purpose towards a shared goal all the while communicating efficiently and effectively.

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Crystal Kordalchuk

Crystal is an artist, a writer, an organizer, a dreamer, a doer, and down-right proud of it NERD!.

Struck with a love for #AllThings creative at a very young age, Crystal dreamed of a life fueled by her passion for creating and bringing the stories and images in her mind into reality.

As she worked toward her dreams, she earned a diploma as a Computer Applications Specialist then another in Graphic Design and from there began to develop her extensive background in multimedia and the arts. She began her worked in the magazine industry as a layout designer and had a succession of design jobs thereafter. It was her role as a graphic/web designer that gave her the first real glimpse of her future. Soon she began a side job as a freelance designer while keeping one foot in the corporate world. A spark was lit! She turned her freelance gig into a full-time business combining design work with her other passion: creating organization from virtual chaos.

Crystal is one of the most organized individuals on the planet. She is by all means a Zen master of her crafts. She excels at helping others become “untangled” and provides her clients with tools to run their businesses smoothly while she takes care of the details behind the scenes. Thus Virtually Untangled was born. A successful business where her work as a top notch creative in graphic and web — with a twist of virtual assistant — married into one amazing place where clients can come with their virtual messes and become magically untangled. Crystal can always make sense of even the most unorganized chaos and offers a virtual detox of order and peace, so her clients can get busy doing the work that they love the most.

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