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Time to team up

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Sally, a technician for a manufacturer of scientific equipment in Texas, updates us on how a team-oriented workplace has fizzled in recent months.

After I discovered last month that my teammates tried to blame me for a malfunction in one of our products, I took Friday and Monday off. I just had to get out of there for a long weekend.

When I returned, I realized that I had to get past my anger. My colleagues don’t have job security. Neither do I. Their decision to contact our company’s president and paint me as the bad guy is understandable given their anxiety.

Still, I feel betrayed. But I can identify with the feelings that drove them to blame me. In normal times, everyone wants to look good. In this economy, everyone wants to make others look bad. It’s safer that way.

Anyway, I’ve decided to play to our strengths. We’re smart people with advanced degrees. Our technical know-how is pretty impressive. So I’ve been teaming up with some of the most brilliant people here to come up with product enhancements that won’t cost us too much.

I’d rather we work together to solidify our position in the marketplace rather than seek to sabotage each other. If we succeed in developing and implementing some cost-effective improvements, we all win.

There’s a chance that I won’t get my fair share of credit, even though I’m mobilizing this effort. Some of us are a little worried about having our more showboating teammates overshadow our contribution.

That’s why we’ve designated one of our most trusted co-workers to take detailed notes of all our team meetings. We review the notes, make sure everyone’s role is clearly recognized and submit them to our president.



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