Tips to promote a sense of ownership across the team

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  1. Don’t cherry-pick tasks! It can be tempting to choose only those tasks that seem easier, or ones that offer more benefits. But if you choose more difficult responsibilities and accept what’s offered to you, you’ll learn whilst you earn and gain a reputation for being a hard worker and team player which will pay off in the long term.
  2. Support other people on your team by offering positive feedback and providing help if they need it. Your willingness to collaborate and help others will make a good impression across the team and the children will reap the benefits!
  3. Share information and resources with your team. Remember, you’re all there for one purpose – and by keeping everyone informed, you contribute to the common goal. If you have past experiences or knowledge that can help others, then offer it. They’ll appreciate the help.
  4. Keep a positive attitude. If you complain, delay, or leave the tough jobs to other team members, people will notice – and they may start to avoid you. A positive attitude can be a refreshing change, and it will help others stay focused and productive as well.

Educators and staff often come together from various background, cultures, experiences, qualifications, beliefs, skills and talents. Respecting and utilising these differences can enhance the effectiveness of the team.

A team needs to have a common vision to establish what they are working toward. Perhaps they have an overall goal however they may be currently focusing on one particular aspect. Maybe they are working toward an element of the National Quality Standard that they know they have not yet met and it may be an identified issue in their Quality Improvement Plan.


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