How many times during an interview or an application have you heard/seen, "Are you a team player?" or "Do you feel comfortable working as part of a team?" I'm willing to bet, most of us answer "yes!" to those questions.
A recent post (Am I Not a Team Player?), by Anonymous got me to thinking about this. What is so bad if we're not? Whether or not we function well or poorly as part of a team is just a factual expression of our work style or work personality. And if we remain true to our personal "brand," we'll most likely find the job or career that's absolutely right for us. For example, those with independent work styles are most apt to be writers, inventors, artists, design engineers, IT specialists, etc. They can also be librarians, comptrollers, accountants. These roles NEED solitude and a separateness in order to succeed.
Conversely, people who work in sales, customer service, retail, and food and beverage/hospitality are almost always working toward a COMMON GOAL. And the enthusiasm in a great team can be truly contagious! So team players are simply people who love to be "part of something." They're contributors, and they sleep very well at night, knowing they've done their part!
A third work style (often ignored) is a "partnership orientation." This is ME! I work wonderfully with a peer I can bounce ideas off of, exchange opinions, collaborate with and, from that, create something fabulous that's part Ying, part Yang. Partnership personalities complement one another. In my experience, my business partner was a bit too "pie in the sky" and "make money fast" for my sensibilities. She was always ready to rush right into some new and wild. I, on the other hand, am a lot more grounded, so I was able to "talk reality" and encourage her to think things out more completely. On the other hand, I could tend to be stubborn and even a bit, dare I say, "staid" in my thinking, so I forced myself to actively listen to her "crazy" ideas and seriously consider them -- or parts of them. Keeping an open mind like that enabled me to absorb her spirit of adventure and willingness to be different or, even better, be "first" to do something. Another example: one partner can be timid--slightly introverted. The other, on the other hand, may be outspoken and embraces publicity!
Advertising copywriters and graphic designers partner up to create clever, memorable and spot-on ads, videos or television commercials. In rock bands, the lead singer (literally) harmonizes with the lead guitarist. Songwriters often team up, too, with one writing the lyrics and the other supplying the tunes.
Given all this, I am especially irritated when job postings say, "Must work well independently AND as part of a team." No! You're one or the other. If a company wants both, it needs to hire a two-headed person.
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My manager, the second one I’ve had in my 2 years in this position, is leaving.
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My manager is leaving in a few weeks and is invested in making sure there’s a plan in place for who i report to when they’re gone. I guess my question is what would you ask them/consider during this transition phase? I was hoping to start the “it’s been 2 years, I’d like a raise or at least something to help with inflation” conversation but I hate doing this, it’s always so awkward. At the same time, it may be best to get the ball rolling on that to see what can be done prior to my manager leaving?
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Hi all - ok this is a first.
The new boss, promoted from within, and I are a bad fit, to put it mildly. I put in my two weeks’ notice, and she replied that I could leave tomorrow.
Here’s the twist: I WANT to stay for two weeks, to put files in order, to coordinate with co-workers the processes for future events, and to finish setting up a Dropbox account for my department. Most of all, I work in a retirement community, and want to ease these beloved residents into the knowledge that their trusted friend is leaving them in good hands. They just lost the last ED without notice and took it badly.
This new boss rules with a cudgel. She starts all discussions with No you can’t do that. She changes my plans on ginned-up reasons (e.g. she canceled my bus trip due to “insurance changes” which had nothing to do with the trip). She lays down the law, and when advised of an error, she doubles down and tries to blame the victim of her error. She refers to staff members as “bodies,” and cares for the residents based on the level of their rent checks. I can’t get away from her fast enough.
Still, I have a good plan for leaving, and as you can tell from the above description of her, any discussion is going to go badly.
any and all advice is much appreciated!
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