What’s it all about?
What is teamwork? Why is it that a team of people can achieve greater success than an individual working alone? I’d like to try and answer those questions with reference to my own personal experience.
Teamwork is obviously a subject about which many people seek to know more. If you search the Internet for teamwork related resources and a plethora of information turns up for free. Team building activities, teamwork games, team work articles and motivational teamwork quotes being just a few of the resources readily available to the researcher.
To gather my own thoughts I’ve looked back over my own experiences and thought about the best team I’ve ever worked with, I’ve contemplated what made that team great and asked myself the questions: Why did we we all work so well together? Why were we able to achieve greater than the sum of our individual achievements?
It’s made me think about what stops teams from working well too, what prevents them from being a team?
What is it that make a team great?
Here’s a few dictionary definitions:
Team – “two or more persons working together”
Teamwork – “combined action of a team, especially when effective and efficient”.
In my analysis the key words are “working together” and “when effective and efficient”.
You see those two short phrases describe to me exactly what a great team is all about. I’ll give another dictionary definition before I go on:
Team-spirit – the spirit of a group that makes the members want the group to succeed
I agree wholeheartedly with that definition, there’s nothing quite like being a member of a great team, where everyone is working together in harmony, their individual abilities all harnessed into a single focused effort. It’s genuinely very effective, it makes you feel that together you could achieve anything. You probably could too!!
Why can a team be more effective than one person?
Physical laws would tend to suggest that the overall ability of a group can be no more than the sum of the individual team member’s abilities, and could be slightly reduced due to inefficiencies within the grouping. Sadly this is often true for many so called teams, because in truth they are just a group of people suffering from a lack of motivation and individual selfishness, not what I would define as a team. True teams are empowered by team-spirit, the willingness to act as a member of the group rather than as an individual. Individuals empowered by team-spirit benefit from much greater motivation and therefore achieve greater success than they would acting alone. It follows then that a whole group of people empowered by team-spirit will achieve greater things than all of its individuals would alone.
What motivates people to work as a team?
I’ll never forget my first experience of working with a really inspired team , it was awesome! You could actually feel the energy it generated! I was one member of a great team of …