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How do you appear as a team player?

Written by Alistair Gordon And Dominic Johnson 16 Sep 2021

As a technical expert, if you focus only on technical issues, your team may assume you are one-dimensional and can only provide detached technical advice. You need to show your team the additional value you can offer.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • What is the expectation other team members have of me? Is there an implicit expectation that I am there only to represent my field of expertise?

  • Am I missing a chance to contribute by leaving others to drive the outcome of meetings? If so, am I limiting my contribution in this way?

  • What opportunities are there for me to help steer meetings efficiently and effectively, champion relationships, and coach and facilitate more junior team members?

  • How should I experiment with greater contribution? How would I communicate my intent to the team? Would they welcome this additional contribution? If not, why not?

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