Monday, February 28, 2011

How to effectivly communicate and be a team player

Working with Tribe Mates


This chapter is about being a good team player and how to effectivly communicate.

Importance of Working Together.

People work together to achive a common goal. This common goal could be attacking a player or tribe, or sending support ect. The way the players work together have a significant effect on the efficiancy of achiving the common goal as well as the satisfaction and enjoyment you get from completing the common goal. To be able to achive a common goal with others, each player has to:

- Identify their role and responsibilities as well as the roles and responsibilities of the other tribemates.

- Plan their activities so the fit in with the common goal, objectives and task requirements of the players involved with the common goal.

- Work effectivly with tribemates by applying interpersonal and communication skills.

Roles, Responsibilities and Group Goals

Individual and Tribe

Carefully planning, applying tribe standards and accepting responsibility for your own work could be a discription of your individual role in the tribe. But in most situations you will be working together in a team or as the tribe as a whole.

Acheiving Group Goals

Tribe goals might be formal objectives listed in the tribal planner page provided by the duke/barons, or they could be an unwritten agreement among tribe member that they should work together peacefully, and get the job done as quickly, most cost effectivly and efficant as possible. The way the tribe or team goes about the goals will be affected by many things ie number of people in the group, skills and personalities of team players, language barriers and other communication problems that could  exist in the tribe.

Make sure the team or tribe has a good understanding of what you are aiming to achive in the goal (allocated work, requirements and deadlines ect) and understand that everyone should work together to get the job done. It is responsible that all team members and tribemates to work towards acheiving common goals.

Contributing To Group Activities

As a tribe member you must be prepared to contribute to tribe activities. It does not matter where you fit into the group or how skilled/experienced you are, you can still make sensible and worthwile suggestions and be helpfull in your actions. Your contribution to tribe activities will change as you gain more experience and skills, but always be prepared to have your say and do your share, but keep in mind that other tribemates may not appreciate an inexperienced 'Know-all' in the tribe or team.

Common Goals

Planning to achive common goals is the responsiblity of all members of the tribe or team. Tribe or team requirements need to be identified and clarified so that all members of the group have a clear understanding of what the tribe or team is required to do. Ie your tribe or team might be given the task of clearing and nobling a player or tribe. Each player involved needs to have a clear understanding of the common goal (To attack the tribe or player to the requirements of the tribe). This can be acheived through group discussion.

When you understand the requirements and what you have to do in order to acheive the common goal then you are in a better position to plan your own part of the common goal.

Working With Your Tribe And Allys

Prioritys and Deadlines

It is  very good idea to work out which part of your task is the most important or which parts need to be done first. For example you are taking out a tribe or player, first you have to prioritise an attack force, then take out their most threatning player or village. In your tribe, team or own planning you should set priorities and deadlines by talking them over with other tribemates that will depend on your progress.

Checking Progress

As mentioned above, the work of other tribemates will often depend on your progress. It is very important to let other tribemates know how you are progressing. When there is co-operation between the tribe, goals get done much more efficiently because everyone is working towards common goals.

Effective Communication

Shared Responsibility

When two tribemates comminicate or exchange information and ideas about a goal, they should both be responsible for making sure that the information has been communicated properly. The giver mut make sure that the information has been received correctly and the receiver must be sure the communication is understood with the same meaning the giver intended.

Written Communications

Writen communications that you receive in the tribe can come in the form of messages, alerts, task instructions, requirements and specifications and task procedures. Be sure to read them carafully and be prepared to ask if there is something you dont undertand. Written communication that you give others could include reports, forwarded message ect.

Your written communication should be completed and as accuratly as possible, if you dont write properly the information could be mis-understood by the person who has to act on it.

Preparing Written Communications

Clearly and effectivly communicating is part of your responsibility to the players you work with. Some guidlines are as followed:

- Present your ideas in clear, simple language.

- Stick to the point and be concise.

- Attend to comminication (correspondence when it is required, dont put it off.

- Make sure your correspondence meets required standards which could be set out in your tribe's manual of procedures.

Graphic Communications

Graphic communication received could be in the form of world maps, K maps, pictures, drawings, or a combonation of all. Make sure you know enough about these drawing techniques to help you interpret graphic information correctly.

Detailed graphics are usually prepared by experienced players, but simple sketche can be performed by anyone.

Responding To Communications

A communication that is given to you from your tribe may be necessary for the successful completion of your common goal or it could be a request for information from someone else. Most times you will need to act on information, instructions or requests straight away. You own goal requirements and the goal requirements of other players of your tribe or allys could depend on how quickly you act on the communication you have received.

Thank you for reading.

Written by oJvCo,
REFERENCE: Engineering, An Industry Study, Third Edition Pages 42-50, written by S.D.Baker and D.Schlyder.


  1. Good read. I liked the fact it wasn't another guide about how to snipe a noble train and something different for a change.

  2. Everything here can be applied to every other game/life in general, lovely post!!!