Team work – How to work well with others

Topic: Team work – How to work well with others

Below are the Q-A sessions in Rediff chat answered by Amit Bansal, the founder and CEO of PurpleLeap.


Rajashekhar asked, sir i am working as chief librarian in engineering college i m facing lot lots of problem in working with my library team members. what should i do. if i give a task for them they never do it in time,
Amit bansal answers, Try and be more assertiveabout your expectations

DJ asked, how to handle if two of my team member hate each others job and dont think good about each other. Both are senior team member. please advise.
Amit bansal answers, Get them to communicate with each other in a constructive way. you can assume the role of a mediator.

rajendran asked,  Hi how to take contol of my team…how i can motivate them.?
Amit bansal answers, The key word here is not “control”, it is “manage”. any attempts at control will be resnted by the team. Two way communication and coordination must be encouraged.

vinay asked, we are two persons in same position and we have many lower people whom we assign jobs. my same level friend goes to the boss daily morning and reports that the persons currently working under me are passing time in canteen rest room etc. how to handle tis situation
Amit bansal answers, You need to keep in tough with your boss on a daily basis as well.

kawal asked, I cannot go along with my team as i feel they do not respect otherwise and familiarity breeds contempt. They start calling you with your name and sometimes takes things casually. what is to be done in that case???
Amit bansal answers, It is important to bong with the team. It is ok if they call you by your first name. Just dont incourage any personal conversations.

krish asked, Hi Amit am working in IT and my manager doesnt know what work we are doing becoz all of them comes from onshore directly to us but he keep on torturing us for different things like taking leaves coming to office late becoz we need to stay late and doesnt understand our to handle him anyway he needs to do our appraisal and is so weird…
Amit bansal answers, Fix up a meeting with him and explain the complexities of your job. else, during the time of future goal setting, explain the limitations you face.

Aditi asked, Hi Amit, there are times when team work is best, but there are also times when it is better to do the work alone. how can i convince my team that i would like to take more responsibilty and complete a task alone?
Amit bansal answers, You could request doing a certain task and once it is done, share it with the team and ask for their inputs.

rajbir asked, my boss is also my friend and in the eye of other he behave particular with me in totally different and not give proprer response
Amit bansal answers, He is probably very concsious of your friendship and wants to seperate the personal from the professional. try and understand.

Peter asked,  i am working in my office for last 2 years.recently one person has joined in my department as team leader whoose experience is same as mine.when i come to know about that fact i am getting very angry when my new team leader instruct me something. how can i overcome this situation.
Amit bansal answers, I can understand your situation. If you want to continue being part of this team, you could try speaking to HR about your problem.

Speedy asked, Okay. The question is regarding a team work. Not office. I have my own biker’s club with 13 members. Every one has their own say and way to do things. how to keep them tagged in. please tell.
Amit bansal answers, that is the main advantage of teams. you have the benefits of so many ideas. Just develop a system that takes into account all viable ideas and solutions

andy asked, Hi, My main boss seats in Delhi. Since he joined he never spoke to me , I am in touch with my immediate boss. let us know how to get in touch with him.
Amit bansal answers, sorry, forgot to tell you to keep your immediate boss in the loop.

andy asked, Hi, My main boss seats in Delhi. Since he joined he never spoke to me , I am in touch with my immediate boss. let us know how to get in touch with him.
Amit bansal answers, Get in touch over email and fix up a meeting to introduce yourself on the phone or face to face.

ankit asked, I work in a PSU, and team members are generally not encouraged to work. How to ensure project performance
Amit bansal answers, Just do your best and it will be recognised in the long term.

udh asked, Hi Amit, am a very good performer, sincere and very passionate person but have been having regular problems in people management, is there any course that I can attend to understand what exactly are the issues in my personality? Thanks
Amit bansal answers, Really appreciate the fact that you recognize that you have a problem. you could go in for a well recommended course in personality development

Mnaoj Agarwal asked, How to handle the team of freshers
Amit bansal answers, Young people are full of new ideas. Encourage this. On the other hand, also tactfully explain that not all ideas are implementable in the real world.

Supriya asked, Hi Amit, it has been some months since i’ve joined this organization where i currently work. The sense of humour of these people is not something i understand. Is it better to shut up and sit in such cases or do you think it is necessary to make an effort to understand the stupid jokes and even if we don’t get it laugh at it, just to give others company?
Amit bansal answers, Just relax and be yourself. You will slowly gel with the culture.

Somesh asked, Hi Amit, how would you define an ideal work relationship?
Amit bansal answers, Sharing of ideas, expressiong negative and positive thoughts freely and a combined focus on organizationsl goals.

arun asked, Now a days team work is the in thing. how to handle people with individual goals?
Amit bansal answers, In every team, each member has individual goals.

imran asked, Dear sir, i report to my bos as well as plant manager, in this case i feel pushing from two side, what i do?
Amit bansal answers, This is a problem faced by most modern organizations that have matrix reporting structures. you have to face the situation with tact.

KAUSTUBH asked, How to motivate a delpeted team
Amit bansal answers, Find out the reasons for the situation and then make amends

stan asked, Thanks Amit for you response,its really worth.However,there are lots of Yes Men’s in orgnizations and i coparate i guess yes-mens work & done good for themselves…how can we deal with yes mens , in a situation when you know your decision is right but you are overided by a yesmen.
Amit bansal answers, Remember that a team has to perform. If the yes men do not help the team achive its objectives, they will only succeed in the short term.

suchetha asked, Do you think it is okay for the boss to call you after office hours? for me, it get’s irritating because once you’ve reached home, you want to spend time with your family. how can i communicate this to the boss. I’ve tried not answering calls previously, but this results in only having a bad start the next day.
Amit bansal answers, This is a tricky situation. Take the calls and try and keep them short.

rocky asked, If two of team member doesnot allow new one to grow in team, by not providing sufficient information, what one can do
Amit bansal answers, Spaek to the team leader and explain the situation

Kamal asked, Sir How to increase communication amongst team members
Amit bansal answers, Encourage an open atmosphere. Any idea ot thought, however ridiculous it may seem, must be encouraged. ask HR to organise regular team bulding activities

ab asked, I am working in IT dept and in a team having 10 members. The basic problem in the team is the ego problem among some of the members as they think that they are having better knowledge than others. pls give some suggestions and ideas to improve team moral and bondings.
Amit bansal answers, Go for some offsites to outdoor locations and organize some team buliding activities. this might help the members understand each other better

Manu asked, Sir if one wants to concentrate on his work and avoids gossiping and socalizing after work like alcohol,cards etc. Can he still be popular and respected
Amit bansal answers, As long as you do not judge other people for their habits, they will respect your need to be different

anil asked, hi Amit sir how to cope up with the seniors employees working to lower grade and reports to the juniors into the marketing and sales profession
Amit bansal answers, Give the senoirs the due respect for their experience.

Ali asked, Hi Amit, I’ve just started on my first job a month back. I’m still getting to know people at work and sometimes it get’s overwhelming meeting people with so many years experience. How can i not look like a shy newcomer but look confident when I come across when i speak to my colleagues?
Amit bansal answers, Just be yourself. Once you get more familiar, you will get more comfortable. Its just a matter of time.

Shikher asked, Hi Amit, I am currently on bench since the project got over ! I will be allocated to a new project which of course will be having its own team. How easily can i gel with the entire team considering that i will be the manager for the team?
Amit bansal answers, Lead by exmaple. Help the team members get to know each other and understand their specific roles and the relationships of these roles with one another. also help them set individual goals.

Sudeep asked, sir, there is this one person in office, whom I can’t stand, but unfortunately he stays very close to where i do and so we often end up travelling in the same bus to office. Do you have any tips on how I can be cordial to this person, without going over the top?
Amit bansal answers, Have patience.

MPS asked, iam disliked by team,how to handle
Amit bansal answers, You need to understand the reasons from one of your teammates. Thereafter, you may need to make some changes in your approach

rkdash asked, some of the employees are there who wants to show their suprimacy inevery to handel them?
Amit bansal answers, Ignore them and do your own job well

solo asked, Pl. guide, if some one can do well as a solo player, why should he go for team work. Weak people, who do not feel complete in themselves, prefer team work, so that their weaknesses dont show.Pl. advise
Amit bansal answers, Most organizations today believe in teamwork. They feel the best results come out of a lot of brains pooling ideas. If you have good thoughts andideas, you will shine in teams or individual situations

kapil asked,  Dear Amit, There is a girl in my team. Almost all team members of my team have crush on her, which is causing problem amont them and I dont find that they will be able to work in team anymore. I also dont want to loose any of them as they were selected by me only and are very good in their respective job. Pl tell how can i handle the situation without loosing any of my team member
Amit bansal answers, Without mentioning the issue directly, ask the team members to leave personal issues behind and concentrate on work.

Shravan asked, Sir, in most organizations there would be some sort of partiality and nepotism going on. Is there any way to stay out of such politics and still excel in what we do?
Amit bansal answers, If you excel at what you do, you never need to use nepotism as a crutch. ignore it.

Anuj asked, Amit, is it necessary to make a get-together with all teammates for every 2 weeks or month?
Amit bansal answers, Sure. helps the team to bond.

AETHIST asked, how to cope up with rude manager
Amit bansal answers, If you are good at your job, there is no reason to be afraid. Dont be rude but respond assertively.

Amol asked, my performance is exceptional. I am into sales & marketing. When i interact with my colleagues natural arrogance & agression comes because of performance. Its creating lot of office politics and collision. What do i do
Amit bansal answers, Since you recognize the problem, half the battle is won. Make a sincere attempt to tone down. there is no other way.

Hari asked, Sir, my team consists of 5 people, 3 of them are from Kerala and they go on and on in their native language. I’m from Bihar and don’t understand what they are saying and often get irritated. How can I ask them to speak in English without sounding offensive or defensive?
Amit bansal answers, Explain your problem in a polite way and request their cooperation. They may not realise the discomfirt it is causing you.

raj asked, How to combat ego at work place
Amit bansal answers, Ego is the cause of almost all problems in interpersonal relationships. You just have to use tact.

stan asked, Hello Sir, I have a boss who is sugar coated tonque at the front but back he is always talk negative me & my team ,how to deal with these type of bosses
Amit bansal answers, Schedule a one to one meeting with him and ask him politely if he has any suggestions for improvement in the teams performance.

alndora asked, I am unable to talk fluently in a group, what I should do
Amit bansal answers, Just remember that everyone welcomes a good idea. Dont hesitate to put across your thoughts. You will be surprised to know a lot of your teammates might have the same problem as you.

Shom asked, Hi sir Please tell me how how individual performance can be known of a team?
Amit bansal answers, People who work well in teams are always recognised. Just be consistent and you will shine

Arati asked, Amit, This is my second job and most of my colleagues team up and meet after office hours. They have so formed a bond. I’m unable to go out with them often and so feel like an odd man out. do you think, I should make the extra effort and go out with them to have a good team relationship in office?
Amit bansal answers, Depends upon your reasons for not going out with them. If you find it inconvenient, dont go out each time, but you could probably make the effort to go once in a while. People understand if you explain.

red asked, but sir how to escape frm office politics and how to lead frm the fellow colleagues
Amit bansal answers, Just avoid getting involved in any personal discussions or gossip. Even listening to gossip can get you into trouble.

suraj asked, Hi Amit, How important is it to blend in with your colleagues. Is it better to keep a distance between your personal and professional life?
Amit bansal answers, Collegues can definitely be your friends. It is not advisable to discuss personal issues at the workplace, though.

red asked, Sir, tell me sir, how to shine in the new job??
Amit bansal answers, Watch for a few days. Understand the culture and the work thoroughly. Then start performing in order to exceed expectations.


Rediff Chat Date: July 20, 2011




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