Teamwork is the cornerstone of any good relationship, friendship, community, and business. By being able to work together harmoniously, we can move forward individually and as a unit. But what does it take to be able to work with someone else, especially if they are different from you in many ways?
First, find common ground. You would probably not be able to be in a relationship with them if they were completely your opposite. Find out what you like about the people you are doing things with and find out what they enjoy about you. Next, take these strengths and form a structure that you can all work within. Make sure you are doing things that please you and, with good communication, you will be able to find out what others will enjoy doing as well.
If you are having trouble figuring out how to work with someone or they seem too challenging to deal with, take a few moments and examine what the irritation or challenge is for you. By examining our reactions to someone else, we are better able to see the limitations we may have created. Can you release these expectations and find a way to move forward?
As with any new adventure, it will take time to get used to someone else’s style and demeanor. Even if this is not a new relationship, take the time to explore the new circumstances and projects that may be before you. With a fresh look and a healthy dose of forgiveness, you will be able to work with others to achieve a common goal or find assistance on your personal one. Go team!