Across our three key course areas – Hospitality Management, Event Management and Commercial Cookery – there is a real emphasis on working as part of a team for the greater good. By interacting with your fellow students in a practical environment, the entire class can succeed and improve their industry skills. This is very important as students are working in industry while they study and teamwork is core.
However, teamwork is a skill in itself, so how can you ensure you are a productive part of your next project?
1) Be open!
Of course, successful teamwork starts with communication. Whether it is communicating orders with the head chef in a commercial kitchen or organising a band for an event, open and honest communication is best way to move forward.
If you want clarity or have questions on a certain subject, having the confidence to ask for help or direction is one of the best ways to learn. At the end of the day, if you don't ask, you don't get – potentially letting down the team.
2) Understand team goals
Before service or an event gets underway, it is also important for a functional team to talk about its goals and how each member contributes to these goals.. While this may mean someone has to take control of the situation, the team can work more cohesively if everyone has a clear direction on their role.
Depending on the success of the outcome, goals and objectives may change, which means you have to be ready to move in a different direction based on the needs of the team and the function or event.
3) Accept differences
Everyone brings something different to the table and together they form a hybrid approach to a task.
Ultimately, everyone is different and may have their own way of getting to the finish line. While this may work in an individual task, when there is a team involved, personal sacrifices may be required.
However, this is part and parcel of teamwork. Everyone brings something different to the table and together they form a collective approach to a task. Any team, regardless of whether it's in the kitchen or at an event, must accept each other's views and thoughts and work together for the best outcome.
If you would like to learn more about how our courses support teamwork, feel free to get in touch with us today.