Teamwork in Business
What do you think of when I say the word “Teamwork”?
Tom Landry, one of the greatest football coaches in history, said “I don’t believe in team motivation. I believe in getting a team prepared so it knows it will have the necessary confidence when it steps on a field and be prepared to play a good game”.
Is that it? I can tell you that it took me a very, very long time to truly understand this word’s true meaning. A very wise man told me in high school that there is no “I” in “Team”. And, being the arrogant and rebellious teenager I was back then, it took me awhile to grasp this concept. That was until I started working in the restaurant business. There, I was taught that teamwork is a crucial part of business. Everyone- from the owner to the dishwasher- needs to be on point and part of the “team”.
It is necessary for colleagues to work well together, trying their best in any circumstance. Teamwork is like a painting, where we take a group of individual skills (let’s call these the brush strokes) and mesh them together (we will call this bonding the colors) to construct a final masterpiece. Of course along the way there are personal conflicts, but with constructive feedback and a little bit of regrouping you will be back on track in no time.
In business, everyone should be an individual who unites with others toward a shared destiny by sharing information and ideas, empowering others and developing trust! There should be a corporate culture based on integrity and innovation. Your office “team”(just like clients) should come first and everyone should treat each other with respect, making it a fun and rewarding work environment.
“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” –Michael Jordan