Characteristics of Effective Teamwork 1. The team must take responsibility and accept credit for its actions as a group and not individually. 2. Teams must be committed to a common purpose and goal. 3. Teams must be provided clear expectations and adequate resources to accomplish its goals. 4. The team must be able to communicate effectively with each other. 5. Team members must encourage new ideas from others. 6. Members of the team must be trustworthy. 7. Members of the team must put the team’s goals ahead of self-interests. 8. Members of the team must learn to appreciate the diversity of knowledge that the other team members have to offer. 9. Members of the team must be creative and unafraid to share opinions, ideas, and suggestions. 10. Members of the team must avoid conflicts when challenges occur, and instead focus on overcoming those challenges. Why Teams Fail 1. The team experiences “groupthink.” 2. The team takes too long to finalize a decision, resulting in poor decisions making. 3. The team is over managed and not allowed to work as a team. 4. Alliances that have different goals are allowed to form within the team. 5. The team is unable to visualize or accept change.