All of us have been lectured on importance of being a team player and on team work. So it goes like this -I leave a job unfinished or badly done and decide to go fishing and if I find my team people complaining I tell them -” Don’t crib. After all we can be good only as a team” People will not argue against it, but they will surely dismiss this quickly and will wait for their chance.
‘Teamwork’ may be a holy word, but is a much hated word as well as in this article http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130114135908-128811924-one-reason-we-really-hate-teams
The real and recurring problems with teams are:
-lack of a clear goal or too narrow a goal (unexciting) or too big a goal (daunting)
-Not having skills to think in terms of projects and or processes needed to get work done
-Not having a discipline to work out the unknowns and assumptions early enough. This creates many causes of failures and blame games.
I feel that, while soft aspects of attitudes (openness, listening, sharing, cooperation) are important, the above ‘work’ related aspects vitiate the atmosphere soon and let attitudes harden.