posted Apr 2, 2015, 2:28 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jul 24, 2015, 2:20 PM by Denise Taylor ]
Happy Spring OSC Singers! 

I have a question for you:

If you were to choose members for a team to work together creating beautiful music that displays quality skills and fun entertainment, where would you find them? At Oregon Spirit Chorus, of course! As I was reading the list below (only 1/2 is included this time), I realized it describes the commitment of our own members. See if you don't agree. In fact, you can probably find yourself in this list, many times over. I appreciate each one of you and depend on many of you for the tasks that need to be done in the membership arena. Thank you for the ways you love and care for each other, and your dedication to learning your parts in the music. GO TEAM OSC--Proud to be a part of your team!!

Happy Easter-
Tammy Roberson
Membership Coordinator

Ten Qualities of an Effective Team Player - First Half of List!

from Managing Teams For Dummies

If you were choosing team members for a team in your organization, who would the best team players be? Assuming that they already  have the technical skills for the work to be done, what other factors would you use to select your team members? Teams need strong team players to perform well. But what defines such people?

1.         Member demonstrates reliability

You can count on a reliable team member who gets work done, does her fair share, works hard, and meets commitments. She follows through on assignments. Consistency is key. You can count on her  to deliver good performance all the time, not just some of the time.

2.         Member shows commitment to the team

Strong team players care about their work, the team, and the team's work. They show up every time with this care and commitment up front. They want to give a good effort, and they want other team members to do the same.

3.         Member communicates constructively

Teams need people who speak up and express their thoughts and ideas clearly, directly, honestly-- but with respect for others and for the work of the team. That's what it means to communicate constructively. Such a team member does not shy away from making a point, but makes it in the best way possible — in a kind, positive, confident, and respectful manner.

4.         Member listens actively

Good listeners are essential for teams to function effectively. Teams need team players who can absorb, understand, and consider ideas and points of view from other people, without debating and arguing every point. Such a team member also can receive criticism without reacting defensively. Most important, for effective communication and problem solving, team members need the discipline to listen first and speak second--so that meaningful dialogue results.

5.         Member functions as an active participant

Good team players are active participants. They come prepared for team meetings and listen and speak up in discussions. They're fully engaged in the work of the team and do not sit passively on the sidelines. Team members who function as active participants take the initiative to help make things happen, and they volunteer for assignments. Their whole approach is can-do, asking,  "What contribution can I make to help the team achieve success?"