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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Getting Along With Others On Your Project Team

If you are on a project team at work, it can be an absolute nightmare if you find that you do not get along with most of the people on your team. Especially if this project will be lasting for a while, and if you will be with these people each day, it is vital that you get along with them. Even though you might not care for everyone on the team, you can still get along with them (even the worst of them!) by following these tips.

You need to recognize, first and foremost, that it is not always important for you to prove that you are right. This can be especially difficult if you are on a team with a "know-it-all" who tends to frequently be wrong, but it is important to keep in mind nonetheless. Oftentimes, the majority of the members on a project team will be absolutely wrong about something, but this "something" will be something that has no real bearing on the project; you will begin to notice this as you realize that you do not always have to prove you are right. In essence, this will lead you to start picking your battles, learning to only correct the rest of your team at those times when it is necessary.

Picking your battles also extends to other situations, such as those conflicts and frustrations you will encounter and experience with the way others on your team work. In the end, if you only assert your strong opinions on a matter when it is actually important to do so, it will be better for both yourself and the project. Especially when you are around the same people every day, it can be difficult to be "the bigger man," but this will pay off in the long run.

Being the "bigger man" also extends to those times when someone else on your project team tries to take credit for work they did not actually do. In the end, your superiors will come to realize who did the work and who did nothing!

Being on a project team is supposed to be all about completing the project well, but it often turns out to also be about surviving to the end! When you follow these tips, you will be able to do more than just survive to the end of the project; you will also be able to thrive!


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