“Teamwork is so important that it is virtually impossible for you to reach the heights of your capabilities or make the money that you want without becoming very good at it.” – Brian Tracy
In business, just like in sports, teamwork is important. As the leader of your business, your ability to build a brilliant team determines whether your business will reach its potential.
Vince Lombardi, the legendary football coach, defined teamwork as “Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” There are many definitions of teamwork offered by sports figures, military generals and company leaders. All of them agreeing on one thing; teamwork is extremely important for the success of a company. How you describe teamwork is also important, and once it is defined, it can be achieved.
Teamwork Multiplies Success
Teamwork has often been described as one plus one equals three. On teams, people can work together and accomplish much more than they could by themselves. This concept of synergy is how many sports teams achieve success. Often, the teams with the best players do not win championships. It is frequently the teams that work best together that accomplish great things. Your company can also accomplish great things when everyone is working together toward a common goal. Define that goal clearly and watch your people achieve it.
Teamwork Makes the Job Easier
The industrial revolution began the era of mass production and also the division of tasks in the workforce. Employees now specialize in areas and contribute to the team through the work they produce. By specializing in areas like merchandising or accounting, they become more expert at their tasks and make your team more effective as a result. Working in teams also teaches your associates to work together more effectively and frequently new ways of doing things are discovered by team members working together to solve a problem.
Teamwork Maximizes Strengths and Reduces Weaknesses
In team sports, team members work together in order to win. Individual weaknesses can be minimized through the efforts of the team. In football, for example, a weaker linkman receives help from a team mate to help block a competing player and the pass is completed successfully. In your company, you place your people where their strengths can be best used. People with the best human relations skills are placed in human resources and your best advertisers work in merchandising. Weaknesses can be reduced when your people concentrate on their areas of strength.
Teamwork Makes Work Fun
Work is more fun when you are a part of a team. You can build on other people’s ideas and share in completing the assignment together. You also have another pair of eyes to look at the work, which further reduces errors and mistakes. Studies have also shown that laughter and fun reduce stress, which can also increase effectiveness on the job. Teams that enjoy working together can accomplish great things for your company and great teams achieve their goals again and again.
Brilliant teams win all the time. Now how does a team become brilliant?
A team becomes brilliant by practicing all the time. Your team needs to keep on practicing. You practice the little things that are crucial to the success of your business. Skills like communication, selling and marketing, time management, new ideas generation, problem solving, networking, productivity, all these, when practiced again and again, will make your team brilliant.
So, build your team, give them the necessary training and practice continuously in order to win in this tough economic environment.
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