Topic: teamwork

Teamwork Lessons From The First Thanksgiving

Teamwork Lessons From The First Thanksgiving

It’s November, the month we all remember how important it is to give thanks for what we have. With the tough economy and competitive job market, having a job is reason enough to give thanks. You might be thankful you were impressive enough in your interview, whether in-person or through online video, to snag a great job. However, being grateful isn’t the only thing Thanksgiving is about. More »

Co-Worker Conundrum: How To Handle Obnoxiously Weak-Willed Peers

Co-Worker Conundrum: How To Handle Obnoxiously Weak-Willed Peers

Most office drama seems to arise from strong personalities clashing. Whether it’s a narrow-minded boss butting heads with their over-eager assistant or two very confident salesmen battling for office supremacy, tension tends to come from the more loud and ambitious members of the office. Normally, we expect the mild-mannered to sit back and possibly roll their eyes at the craziness around them. However, every once in a while, you have to deal with a co-worker or boss so intensely insecure and weak-willed that one has to wonder how they’ve made it this far in life. More »

Co-Worker Conundrum: How To Work With A Solo Artist

Co-Worker Conundrum: How To Work With A Solo Artist

Oh, the Solo Artist… You know exactly what type of co-worker I’m talking about, right? They stick to their office. No one knows exactly how they do their job, or even what their job is. You kind of get the idea that they had trouble sharing as a child. It’s not that they’re rude, it’s simply that they don’t seem to play well with others. We’re normally pretty happy to let the Solo Artist just stick to what they know best. Whatever that is.

Then, suddenly, the intensely awkward happens: Your boss asks you to work on a project with the Lone Ranger. More »

Teamwork Only Gets You So Far

Teamwork Only Gets You So Far

Do women really compete better when they work in teams, as headlines summarizing a recent study seemed to suggest? The Forbes blog She Negotiates has a bone to pick with this characterization of the research. Women compete just as well as men at competing one-on-one, contributor Victoria Pynchon retorts, but simply prefer to work in teams. When working individually, women were more willing than men to focus on getting the job done (vs. competing with each other). But when they were put on teams, women became just as happy to compete. More »