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All facing the same direction

" At times the game of the Celtics got an intensity which made it not only a physical or even mental affair, but became a magical event ... When it happened I felt that my game was being lifted to a different level ... it seemed like we were playing in slow motion. During such periods I could almost feel how the game was going to develop and where the next target attempt would be made. "

You feel each other, you complement each other

This is what the basketball player Bill Russell writes about his team the Boston Celtics. (Quoted by Peter Senge, The fifth discipline). Sometimes that happens in sport. Sometimes it also happens in companies. Then, in a team, there is indeed a kind of magic. It just clicks. You feel each other, you complement each other and you have something for each other. And then it's like you can handle the world. You also exude that as a team. You get difficult but rewarding jobs and because it all works so well, these jobs are successful. That success radiates again from the team and that makes you as a team unbeatable for a while.

Senge describes this process in the chapter on team learning in his book 'The fifth discipline'. Team learning hardly seems to work for project teams. Projects do not last long enough for that. Moreover, an important aspect of projects arises here: they are one-off events. And one-off events simply do not lend themselves well to learning. You do not get a second chance. And learning is specially successful if you can make a mistake. We will not be satisfied with this course. In this chapter you will find a number of guides to learn as an individual project employee and as a project team and to promote cooperation .

1) Personal inspiration

2) Teambuilding

How do you forge a group of individuals into a close-knit team? With an outdoor training or a day on the heather you do not get there. Team building is a way of working. Only by being aware of it daily, you bring a team to top performances.

3) Double loyalty

What applies to Arie (see opposite) applies to almost all project employees: they have at least two bosses. Their hierarchical boss and the project leader. This offers opportunities but is often also difficult. How do you deal with that double loyalty as a project employee?

It helps to make good agreements in advance. Make sure your bet is well quantified and that the appointments are set black in white by your hierarchical boss, the project manager and yourself.

But even then ... "You can still afford a little flexibility? For you it is half a day, at most two parts of the day. For Annemarie it means almost a week's work. You're so good at it ... " Saying no is an art.

Nevertheless, a warning also fits here. In the first place you also have to go back to your department: you have only been temporarily loaned to the project team and you also want to be good buddies with your colleagues. A bit of flexibility can indeed be useful sometimes. But there is also something more fundamental. Many projects take place in a fairly isolated part of the company. That is often also pure life retention. If you do your work in the middle of the company, you will be bothered a lot and you will receive many unsolicited advice. This isolation, however, also has disadvantages. For example, if you are done, only your client is happy with your work. It is therefore important as a project team to keep an eye on your environment.

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