Teamwork is essential in medical practice management. Whether we work as administrators, nurses, doctors, or support staff, our effectiveness in meeting patient needs is directly linked to how well we work together. From natural work groups like billing or nursing care, to management teams of partners and administrative heads, to self-managed teams of individual professionals all working independently for a practice or medical department, deepening our understanding of how teams develop and work together can increase our effectiveness.
This Leadership Tip reviews the basics of teambuilding, including the stages of team development, strategies for building a climate of trust, and tips for becoming a better team player. You’ll also find a sample team contract which can give you a running start for creating norms and ground rules for your teams.