Teamwork

Aktualizacja: 17 gru 2018

My friend John has just got a new job. He believes in the importance of teamwork (= the activity of working together as a team). Yesterday we talked about the people he works with. And believe me, it was really interesting to hear what a mix of personalities the team is made up of (= consists of)!


There is his colleague Ted, who is a typical doer (= a person who does things rather than thinks about them). Action is definitely more important to him than reflection (= thinking), he contributes a lot in discussions, which in turn give him energy and ideas. Anna, the only girl in the team, will often clash (= disagree, argue) with Ted since she thinks Ted is too hasty (= acting too quickly, without enough thought). Anna always considers (= thinks about sth carefully) what she says. Moreover, she spends lots of time (too much, in Ted’s opinion) on preparation, e.g. before meetings. She can be difficult to be with and can tread on people’s toes (= offend/annoy someone) by making rather unpleasant remarks about other people’s work. She often acts like a know-all (= a person who behaves as if they know everything), which most people hate.

Michael, the boss, seems the right person for the job. He avoids confrontation, likes practical solutions, and is really understanding. He is aware of how different qualities contribute to (= add to/improve) a team. He will make an effort to create a positive working environment. This is why people appreciate working with Mike.

And then we’ve got John, my friend, who is a great blend (= combination) of creativity - he often comes up with (= finds, produces) unusual solutions - and the ability to think logically and care about other people’s feelings. A classic team player (= a person who works well with others) and an ideal co-worker (= a person you work with), don’t you think?


One could say John‘s team is a weird bunch of people (= a strange mix of people), but we all know it takes all sorts to make the world (= everyone is different and likes different things). Being different does not rule out (= exclude) effective co-operation. Members of a team need to be conscious of (= aware of) what thinking/communication style each of them represents. Also, they need to be trained in talking to, and working with, different people. This is what team work is about, isn’t it?



EXERCISE 1Give words for these definitions. Try to remember the words from the text without looking back at it.

1. c.............................. = to disagree, argue

2. h.............................. = quick

3. b.............................. = combination

4. r .................... ……….. = to exclude

5. r.............................. = to think

6. c......................... …….. = aware of


EXERCISE 2

Complete the questions with one word and then answer them.

1. Are you a team p……………….? Why/why not?

2. When did you last t……………… on someone’s toes? What happened?

3. Is your team m……………….. up of people who are similar or different?


KEY


Ex.1

1. clash

2. hasty

3. blend

4. rule out

5. reflect

6. conscious of


Ex.2

1. player

2. tread

3. made


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