During my 40-year career as a senior manager in the general insurance industry in Canada, I was often confronted and confounded by the word, TEAMWORK.
Almost every leader I met talked about wanting better teamwork or bragging about how great the teamwork in their area of influence already was.
Regardless of the confidence, cynicism or optimism of the leaders, in most cases when I spoke with rank-and-file employees, I found that overall, corporate teamwork was either sadly lacking or non-existent.
In all cases, it was evident that no one at any level really knew what an ideal “Teamwork Environment” looked like.
The challenge with TEAMWORK appears to be one of perception. What exactly is teamwork? Leaders (managers, foremen, supervisors, et al) often have a different view of teamwork than that of their direct reports.
- Workers often feel that teamwork is the responsibility of the leader…in other words they…
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