Working with a team of people can be a challenge, especially if you have a hard time listening to your teammates and considering their problems and solutions if they differ from your opinion.

We do not have a lot of scheduled team meetings at our office because we have a morning huddle each day. At our huddles, we can discuss things that came up the day before or possible issues that might arise in our schedule, so we are all on the same page.

When we do have meetings we usually have a topic or question that each one of us it to share their idea or solution to. For example, yesterday we had a meeting, and the topic was for each of us to come up with one thing that we felt would make our job or the office flow to be better and why. We also had to come up with one idea that we could do that would improve our customer service.

What I like the most about these types of meetings is that we get to hear from each other about how we see and understand our position. When someone comes up with a change that they feel is necessary we take the time to hear them and understand what they are experiencing and why they feel a change in a system is necessary.

Nor does everyone always see things the same way, but we have learned to listen and try to see things from each other’s point of view.

I have seen growth in teams when they make the effort to listen, try to understand, respect each other’s opinions and be willing to work with each other. There are so many valuable lessons I have learned from those I have worked with over the years.

It pays to be open to other ideas and options and willing to grow.

Happy Thursday!