Most of us have had to creatively find ways to do more with less. We’ve tried to answer the question: How do we enhance productivity in our current economic state? The answer is through collaboration and teamwork. But within those two concepts lies resistance.

In “Teamwork, Not Rivalry Does the Job,” Randi Brenowitz, President of Brenowitz Consulting, points out that those who were born before the mid-1980s learned in educational environments where competition was favored over teamwork. Today, the shift in educational settings is toward collaboration. Work is done in semicircles or “pods” where groups discuss problems and solutions in a team environment. Brenowitz says, “Most corporate leadership, unfortunately, grew up under the old school. But with effort and determination, business leaders can learn to foster teamwork on the job.”

Brenowitz offers these thoughts on helping your group become more team-oriented:

  • Assigning staff to a group project does not make that group a team.
  • Employees need clear guidance tools, direction, and training.
  • Employees need assurance that they can depend on their teammates.
  • The leader must adopt a similar attitude and ethic.
  • Companies should create reward systems that foster collaboration.
  • Teams should participate in setting goals and agreeing on how members should behave.

Collaboration and teamwork will help groups and companies succeed even in difficult times.