Influential people have a big contribution in our lives. We look at their achievements, character, attitude, and their life. They might be our model or heroes in our success. We put them as an inspiration to go extra mile and motivate us to become a hardworking person. Who are your personal heroes? Which people do you admire most? Who do you wish more like? These people are significant to us.
In a business, teamwork is very relevant. The significant of each member or team player is needed to achieve our goal. One is too small a number to achieve greatness. The myth of a Lone Ranger “The belief that one person can do something great is a myth.” Nothing of significance was ever achieved by an individual acting alone. It’s true that the history of our country is marked by the accomplishments of many strong and innovative individuals who took considerable risks. But those people always were part of teams.
THE VALUES OF TEAMWORK:
1.) Teamwork is at the heart of great achievement. The question isn’t whether teams have value. The question is whether we acknowledge that fact and become better team players. It says, “Behind an able man there are always other able man.” There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves. = Pres. Lyndon Johnson =
2.) Teams involve more people, thus affording more resources, ideas, and energy than would an individual.
3.) Teams maximize a leader’s potential and minimize his/her weaknesses. Strengths and weaknesses are more exposed in individuals.
4.) Teams provide multiple perspectives on how to meet a need or reach a goal, thus devising several alternatives for each situation. Individual insight is seldom as broad & deep as a group’s when it takes on a problem.
5.) Teams keep leaders accountable for the goal. Individuals connected to no one can change the goal without accountability.
6.) Teams can simply do more than an individual.
7.) Individuals play the game, but teams win championship.
WHY DO WE STAND ALONE?
A.) EGO – Teamwork is birthed when you concentrate on “WE” instead of “ME”. Few people are fond of admitting that they can’t do everything, yet that is a reality of life. The question is not whether you can do everything by yourself; it’s how soon you’re going to realize that you can’t. “It marks a big step in your development when you come to realize that other people can help you do a better job than you could do alone.” (Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie) To do something really big, let go of your ego, and get ready to be part of a team. “ALWAYS KEEP WORKING ON YOUR GAME.”= M. Jordan =
B.) INSECURITY – Insecure leaders usually fail to build teams because of one of two reasons:
b.1) Either they want to maintain control over everything for which they are responsible or they fearbeing replaced by someone more capable.
b.2) In either case, leaders who fail to promote teamwork undermine their own potential and erode the best efforts of the people with whom they work.
“We should not only use all the brains we have, but all that we can borrow”- Woodrow Wilson –
C.) NAIVETE – They naively underestimate the difficulty of achieving big things. As a result, they try to go it alone.
D.) TEMPERAMENT – Some people aren’t very outgoing and simply don’t think in terms of team building and team participation. As they face challenges, it never occurs to them to enlist others to achieve something.
Chuck Swindoll wrote:
Nobody is a whole team… We need each other. You need someone and someone needs you. Isolated island we’re not. To make this thing called life work, we got to lean and support. And relate and respond. And give and take. And confess and forgive. And reach out and embrace and rely… Since none of us is a whole, independent, self-sufficient, super-capable, all-powerful hotshot, let’s quit acting like we are.
BENEFITS OF TEAMWORK
1.) Problems solving: A single brain can’t bounce different ideas off of each other. Each team member has a responsibility to contribute equally and offer their unique perspective on a problem to arrive at the best possible solution. Teamwork can lead to better decisions, products, or services. The quality of teamwork may be measured by analyzing the following six components of collaboration among team members: communication, coordination, balance of member contributions, mutual support, effort, and cohesion. In one study, teamwork quality as measured in this manner correlated with team performance in the areas of effectiveness (i.e., producing high quality work) and efficiency (i.e., meeting schedules and budgets). A 2008 meta-analysis also found a relationship between teamwork and team effectiveness.
2.) Accomplish tasks faster: A single person taking on multiple tasks will not be able to perform at a same pace as a team can. When people work together they can complete tasks faster by dividing the work to people of different abilities and knowledge.
3.) Healthy competition: A healthy competition in groups can be used to motivate individuals and help the team excel.
4.) Developing Relationships: A team that continues to work together will eventually develop an increased level of bonding. This can help people avoid unnecessary conflicts since they have become well acquainted with each other through team work. Team members’ ratings of their satisfaction with a team is correlated with the level of teamwork processes present.
5.) Everyone has unique qualities: Every team member can offer their unique knowledge and ability to help improve other team members. Through teamwork the sharing of these qualities will allow team members to be more productive in the future.
THE LAW OF SIGNIFICANCE – ONE IS TOO SMALL A NUMBER TO ACHIEVE GREATNESS.
In the Old Testament, teamwork was already declared. “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. “ Ecclesiastes 4:9-12