Create a Culture of Teamwork

To make teamwork happen, these powerful actions must occur.

Leaders communicate the clear expectation that teamwork and collaboration are expected. No one completely owns a work area or process all by himself. People who own work processes and positions are open and receptive to ideas and input from others on the team.

Model teamwork in your interaction with each other and the rest of the team. They maintain teamwork even when things are going wrong and the temptation is to slip back into former team unfriendly behavior.

Team members talk about and identify the value of a teamwork culture. If values are formally written and shared, teamwork is one of the key five or six.

Teamwork is rewarded and recognized. The lone ranger, even if she is an excellent producer, is valued less than the person who achieves results with others in teamwork. Compensation, bonuses, and rewards depend on collaborative practices as much as individual contribution and achievement.

Important stories and folklore that people discuss within the team emphasize teamwork. (Remember the year the capsule team reduced scrap by 20 percent?) People who “do well” and are promoted within the company are team players.


As a team you are going to write simple instructions on how to do something. Let's use sweeping the floor with a broom for an example. Your team will choose a team leader and team members for a team of 3 to 6 members. You will randomly be given your assignment and you will have 7 minutes to complete step-by-step instructions on how to perform the task. You must comply with your rubric as you work within your team. At the end of 7 minutes, each team will read their instructions as the other students try to follow them.


  1. Write simple step-by step instructions on how to do one of the following tasks
  2. Check and re-check your instructions to make sure anyone can follow them (they must be legible)
  3. Use your rubric to guide your process
  4. Inform Mrs. Knight when you are finished (You have 7 minutes to complete)
  5. You will read your instructions while others try to follow

Choose one of the following tasks and write step-by-step "How To" instructions. This is a Teamwork project so everyone must do their part.
  • How to sweep the room
  • How to open a Word document (computer is on)
  • How to record video using a Webcam (computer is on)
  • How to load paper into the printer