"During the fourth week a construction project, we learned about the discontinued status of the materials we were planning to use. We faced ordering challenges, team members blaming one another, and a tight budget. As a team, we identified the problem, assigned roles, and got the job done. The stress of the situation forced us all to sit down and work it out together. We had a lot of great feedback for one another and built stronger relationships from this experience. Ever since that project, our team has worked much better as a group."
"As an administrative assistant, I work independently for the majority of my day. I find that my most challenging team collaborations come when I am arranging a variety of vendors for special events. My secret comes in the form of organization, and speaking with patients and kindness to everyone involved."
"I recently worked with a cross-functional management team to accomplish a business growth initiative. The group contained members of different functions who all saw things differently. We came together to share a common vision and let that guide our work. To prevent miscommunication, we created a KPI tracker and scoreboard for the work to be done and the members responsible."
"I was assigned to a project team where I was the sole content marketing expert for a project to improve our Google analytics. The challenges I faced were explaining the current plan's shortcomings while getting the team to see my vision and get on board with it."
"My job is one big exercise in collaboration and teamwork! I know that I have to rely on my coworkers to be the sales professional that I can be, and they need me to be on the top of my game for them to be their best. We cannot achieve anything alone: we have to work collaboratively and split tasks to have the department hit targets and exceed goals."
"At Company ABC, I worked with the product team to develop new user features. My role was not only to inform what functionality my sales prospects and clients were asking for but also to get clients on board as beta product testers. The challenge arose when the clients' expectations and desires did not match our functionality. Through clear communication and laying out the different phases for future states of the desired product, we were able to meet the client's needs and develop a functional feature."
"I feel the best example of a collaborative team environment is our curriculum development. About half of the department collaborates to revamp all lesson plans, asking questions such as, 'Do we need to update vocabulary?' One funny example was when a coworker did not want to update the unit to delete words like "cassette tape," "VHS," and "tape recorder." In 2018, students don't even know what these things are- it's useless to spend time teaching these words. We spent four weeks negotiating what units to keep, what to revamp, and what units to add. It truly takes a lot of patience, collaboration, and compromise to reach a new set of curriculum standards and goals across the department."
"As an Apartment Leasing Agent, I work independently for the majority of my day. I find that my most challenging team collaborations come when we are arranging special open houses for some of our multi-unit clients. My secret comes in the form of organization, and having expectations set from the start."
"Sometimes you have to pick your battles, step back and ask honestly, candidly ask why this is challenging. Is it me, is it how I am treating someone or not listening to them or understanding their style? I was talking to a junior colleague while away in Japan about this. It came to me to explain to this colleague that every time this happens, we have an opportunity to practice and grow my leadership."
This answer is good, but I became a bit lost when you mentioned the junior colleague in Japan and working to grow your leadership. If you are going to bring a story into the equation, see it through and give more detail. I have tweaked the answer a bit, below.
"When working in challenging team environments, I will look inward and ask why the situation is challenging me. Perhaps it is how I am communicating with someone or the fact that I do not understand the work style of another team member. When challenging situations arise, I see them as an opportunity to practice and grow my leadership skills."
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