With these tips you can be a successful member of your team by using leadership, communication, and conflict resolution skills.
Become familiar with the following aspects of teamwork:
- Team contracts
- Assigning roles
- Tools for teamwork
Creating a team contract can be very useful for working in teams and maintaining a good working relationship in the team. Things to include:
- Roles of team members
- Social expectations
- Timeline of work
- Frequency of communication and meetings
- Conflict resolution guidelines
With the creation of a contract, each team member will agree to abide by the contract to become a member. The contract should be clear and understood by all members so that it can be referred to if conflict arises.
Team contract example: Learning Team Operating Agreement [Word document]
Teamwork review: Learning Team After-Action-Review [Word document]
Learn more about group contracts here: Team contracts at Harvard Business Review
Tools for Teamwork
When working in groups, schedules and geography can be a barrier to completing work in a timely manner.
The following is a list of tools found on the Academic Technology page of the library website. This list can help facilitate group collaboration: Tools for Teaching and Learning
For creating presentations as a group consider these tools:
- Free (with a gmail account)
- Can be used to create presentations, spreadsheets, documents, etc.
- Editing and comments can be added by all invited members
- Innovative presentations
- Editing and creating by all members simultaneously
More Information About Teams
General resources on teamwork:
- Virtual Team Success: A Practical Guide for Working and Leading from a Distance
- Why Teams Turn Toxic, and How to Heal Them
Researching teamwork (example in Business Source Complete):