Too many techies get a bad rap for lacking teamwork and communications skills. The stereotype is that while techies are great at what they are trained to do, they cannot parlay their knowledge onto others. Because of the stereotype that techies cannot communicate, they also can be stigmatized that they lack adequate teamwork skills.
Being in Information Technology, one may get used to systems and applications going wrong. It seems that in too many instances, techies are troubleshooting and fixing systems.
This is what I personally learned from the experience:
1. Teamwork is not about individuals.
2. When superstars play as a team, the team will ultimately win.
3. Every analyst proved that they could parlay their knowledge and translate that language to other analysts and clients.
4. Perception and reality may be two completely different things.
5. Teamwork is all about dealing with people. What you make of your relationships is up to you.
6. It is amazing what a team can do when it is up to the challenge. My team only had a certain amount of time to transition its operations and we did it!
7. Sometimes just a desire to learn can make the difference between success and failure.
8. Investment in relationships with people is invaluable with a rewarding rate of return.
9. Random acts of kindness
10. You can actually appeal to people’s better nature and not just their self-interest.
Teamwork is all about people. Those in technical professions are people too. No matter what your profession, people in technology have great skills like everyone else. My team broke the stereotype that techies cannot communicate well and are not team players. It’s not your profession that determines what makes you a great team player, it’s who you are. It’s not how much people skills that you possess, it’s what you do with those people skills that matter.