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    Margien Matthews

    A member recently told me that she finds working in a team frustrating and unproductive, but realizes that for the sake of her career she needs to get more positive about this after having done Day 24 (Teamtalk). The problem is that she feels her line manager has put a label on her that says "Not a team player" so she is very much left to her own devices and is seldom invited to meetings or to take part in departmental projects. How does she get rid of this label?
    Perceptions are hard to change! After we had a fruitful discussion she decided on the following: a) she's set herself some goals to better understand others in her department and interact with them more, and she's going to share this plan with her manager and ask for his support; b) she's going to ask him to involve her more in team activities and give her an opportunity to contribute. By doing this she'll be sending him a clear signal that she wants to become more of a team player, and she'll also hopefully get some guidance and support from him to make this happen. if all goes well and she meets her goals his perception of her should change and he'll throw away that label.

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