In today’s healthcare environment, interdisciplinary teamwork IS essential. However, often the driving process of collaboration, and as well as the teams overall diversity, creates a failure to thrive – often stagnating, sometimes buckling under the weight of internal conflict, or sometimes from external influential sources. This failure to thrive is not anyones fault, however, there is a need to understand what we are all to achieve and in doing so, know each team members goal and understand their role within the team. Find the gaps that allow problems to slip through the net. Filling these gaps will allow for greater cohesion within the team, allowing it to succeed.

Understanding the Styles

Each of us is a composite of four work styles, though most people’s behavior and thinking are closely aligned with one or two. All the styles bring useful perspectives and distinctive approaches to generating ideas, making decisions, and solving problems. Generally speaking:

Pioneers value possibilities, and they spark energy and imagination on their teams. They believe risks are worth taking and that it’s fine to go with your gut. Their focus is big-picture. They’re drawn to bold new ideas and creative approaches.

Guardians value stability, and they bring order and rigor. They’re pragmatic, and they hesitate to embrace risk. Data and facts are baseline requirements for them, and details matter. Guardians think it makes sense to learn from the past.

Drivers value challenge and generate momentum. Getting results and winning count most. Drivers tend to view issues as black-and-white and tackle problems head on, armed with logic and data.

Integrators value connection and draw teams together. Relationships and responsibility to the group are paramount. Integrators tend to believe that most things are relative. They’re diplomatic and focused on gaining consensus.

The four styles give teams a common language for understanding how people work.

Knowing how each team member in your team and looking for these traits in them will be an important consideration when creating or implementing teamwork process within an organization. Use it to the teams advantage, as it will give great all-round perspectives.

The difference between success and failure is a great team.

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”  – Andrew Carnegie