In crisis situations— as well as in everyday situations—there’s a good chance that you’ll need to work together with others. However, this can have unexpected troubles: people might not agree, they might have difficulty accomplishing certain tasks, and they might not understand why certain activities must be carried out. To account for this, then, here are several strategies that will help you work together as a team—and not as a disparate group of individuals.
It sounds obvious, but don’t let yourself get into arguments. When you argue with each other, you will waste more time—which has the consequence of making things much more complicated than they ought to be—and it could also lead you to find help later than you otherwise would. To avoid arguments, you must, more than anything else, remain calm. Use breathing exercises and other techniques to calm yourself down. You can also do simple physical exercises to allow you to focus better.
Another thing you can do to work better as a team is by making sure everyone’s going after the same goal. Depending on the situation, these goals are usually some combination of finding food, water, shelter, and means of defense. Make sure there’s no one in the group who wants to break away by doing their own thing. If you lose any of your member, you won’t have as much success.
The third thing you can do to ensure that everyone works as a group is by choosing a leader. Democracy is an excellent way of making decisions when the way forward isn’t clear. However, a leader is necessary if you’re all of disparate personality types. In cases like these, a leader can help organize the thoughts of the group members and take on decisions.
Fourthly, you need to work together as much as possible. That sounds pretty straightforward, but it’s that simple in practice. Thus, in order to do this, you must work together on plans and strategies. Pool your knowledge together to come up with the best possible solutions, and make sure everyone knows you’re taking on any given strategy.
Fifth, make sure everyone knows what their position in the group is. This depends on what kind of activity you’re doing; it’s perfectly possible, of course, that in some situations, all group members might have to do the same thing. For cases where such a division of labor doesn’t apply, though, it’s very important that everyone knows what their tasks are. This will help them achieve their tasks with more ease and convenience, and also they’re less likely to get into arguments among themselves. When people know what they’re doing, they can also focus better. Plus—they won’t panic as much; they’ll know what to do, so their minds will have less of an opportunity to fly out the window.
At the end of the day, we can’t tell the future for you; only your skills, capacities, and teamwork abilities will determine how well you function in this kind of situation. Nevertheless, you have to keep on keeping on; that’s the only way you’ll get any modicum of success. Work together, and work hard—and you’ll find you can achieve more than you ever thought possible.