Team building is a collective effort, where everyone works together for the greater good. Productivity increases, communication is improved, morale is raised, and the benefits can be quite far reaching. While this is a viewed as a group change, it all begins with individual efforts.
One of the key factors which must be addressed is the choice each person has in terms of their own attitude.
Much as a person can decide to be happy despite outside circumstances, individuals can also choose their workplace attitudes, and maintain that attitude regardless of other influences and situations.
It’s easy to blame your attitude and your mood on another person, or on another situation. Somebody did this to you, or didn’t get this done, so now you’re angry and flustered and annoyed. Most people, in fact, do this each and every day to some degree or another.
However, it’s the easy way out. And when you make yourself the victim in these situations, you’re actually giving away the great power you have to control yourself to other people and to the outside environment.
When you’re accountable for yourself and your feelings, you regain that power. Now you can control your own fate, so to speak, and instead of blaming the world for everything that happens to you, you can actively take strides to move in the other direction, fix a problem, stay positive, work on a solution – all part of the professional development that makes team building successful.
Your individual choice of attitude will influence those around you, and soon the people you work with and communicate with will take on the same approach. This creates a snowball effect and soon the team itself is growing by leaps and bounds, all thanks to the choices and attitudes that each individual displays.
With accountability, and a concerted effort to work on your own attitude, mood and view as opposed to playing the blame and victim game, you can grow and evolve, and the team will as well.
The big test comes when even if somebody tries to push your buttons, you simply do not let it happen, and don’t let their tactics affect you. Once you realize that you’re the person always in control of how you feel, and the actions you take, you’ve mastered this concept of self-accountability, and the choice you have for your own attitude.
So remember, while team building is certainly about the collective, it begins on the scale of each individual person, and the choice of attitude everyone has in all situations.
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