Notes of Harmony - May 12, 2015

posted May 12, 2015, 2:12 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jul 24, 2015, 2:19 PM by Denise Taylor ]
Hello Sisters in Song!

Thank you so much for the honor of the Spirit Award! You are an awesome group of ladies, and I'm proud to be among you!

Congratulate Shirley Ayers when you see her! She has passed her audition and is now on the way to becoming a member of OSC. Yay Shirley!!

We have a few CHANGES to make to our Directory. If you will put these in your own copy as they come in, you will be up-to-date without reprinting!
Add Anita Treichel (Kathy's Sis). She is a Bari and her address is Boulder City, NV. Cell 702-501-9251
Remove Kim Byron - she has resigned, as she is moving to Washington when school is out.
Lori McGinty would like you to use her Oregon Spirit email only.
Remember everyone has OSC email, built on the same formula:

I know you've been dying to see the second part of the list below: Ten Qualities of Effective Team Members, so here it is. See yourself in them? We sure are going to need our best team-player qualities to shine in the next few months. We don't want stress to color our plans. We'll want to hold each other up, encourage each other, and work our hardest at retaining what we learn as we go. Viva Las Vegas!!!
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Onward to Cat World --
Tammy Roberson
Membership Coordinator 

Ten Qualities of an Effective Team Player (2nd half of list!)

6.         Treats others in a respectful and supportive manner

Team players treat fellow team members with courtesy and consideration — not just some of the time, but consistently. In addition, they show understanding and the appropriate support of other team members to help get the job done. They don't place conditions on when they'll provide assistance, when they'll choose to listen, and when they'll share information. Good team players also have a sense of humor and know how to have fun (and all teams can use a bit of both), but they don't have fun at someone else's expense. Quite simply, effective team players deal with other people in a professional manner.

Team players who show commitment don't come in any particular style or personality. They don't need to be rah-rah, cheerleader types. In fact, they may even be soft-spoken, but they aren't passive. They care about what the team is doing and they contribute to its success — without needing a push.

Team players with commitment look beyond their own piece of the work and care about the team's overall work. In the end, their commitment is about producing a winning product— not in the sports sense of beating an opponent but in seeing the team succeed and knowing she has contributed to the success. Winning as a team is one of the great motivators of performance. Good team players have and show this motivation.

7.         Shares openly and willingly

Good team players share. They're willing to share information, knowledge, and experience. They take the initiative to keep other team members informed.

Much of the communication within teams takes place informally. Beyond discussion at organized meetings, team members need to feel comfortable talking with one another and passing along important news and information day-to-day. Good team players are active in this informal sharing. They keep other team members in the loop with information and expertise that helps get the job done and prevents surprises.

8.         Cooperates and pitches in to help

Cooperation is the act of working with others and acting together to accomplish a job. Effective team players work this way by second-nature. Good team players, despite differences they may have with other team members concerning style and perspective, figure out ways to work together to solve problems and get work done. They respond to requests for assistance and take the initiative to offer help.

9.         Exhibits flexibility

Teams often deal with changing conditions — and often create changes themselves. Good team players roll with the punches; they adapt to ever-changing situations. They don't complain or get stressed out because something new is being tried or some new direction is being set.

In addition, a flexible team member can consider different points of views and compromise when needed. She doesn't hold rigidly to a point of view and argue it to death, especially when the team needs to move forward to make a decision or get something done. Strong team players are firm in their thoughts, yet open to what others have to offer — flexibility at its best.

10.       Works as a problem-solver

Teams, of course, deal with problems. Sometimes, it appears, that's the whole reason why a team is created — to address problems. Good team players are willing to deal with all kinds of problems in a solutions-oriented manner. They're problem-solvers, not problem-dwellers, problem-blamers, or problem-avoiders. They don't simply rehash a problem the way problem-dwellers do. They don't look for others to fault, as the blamers do. And they don't put off dealing with issues, the way avoiders do.

Team players get problems out in the open for discussion and then collaborate with others to find solutions and form action plans.