So What Is Teamwork….???

by admin on October 14, 2009

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TEAM = Together Everyone Achieves More

In this blog we want to look more closely at teamwork, what it really is and what it’s not.

You were not put on this earth to be an island unto yourself even though some of us might make good hermits…we are social beings and function better as a member of a team.

While photographing a pro horse pulling contest in FL sometime ago, I was impressed anew with the tremendous value and power in team work, some teams had very poor team work so as a result they did not succeed in winning, instead of working together they pulled in different directions as well as at different times, so were very uncoordinated. But those teams that worked in harmony …well it was a beautiful sight to behold…this was the winning team just look how they are working together…”teamwork”.

Paul Getty has said.. “I would rather have 1% of 100 peoples effort than to have 100% of my own effort” and there is so much truth in that because you & I can only be in one place at a time and when we are a member of a team when I am in one place other team members are covering other bases which gives us a much broader coverage.

Andrew Carnegie has said
Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.

A team brings with it many ideas , ways of doing something, thoughts, aspirations & goals… the magic happens when we can blend all that in to one common plan and  goal that benefits everyone mutually, that is when we have power and synergy to accomplish the extraordinary.

To many times we get all caught up in the idea of who is going to get the credit…that is a very selfish  and unproductive motive which will destroy the team…It is amazing how much you can accomplish when it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.

So what creates a team…?

A team consists of a leader who has developed the leadership skills necessary to lead out and empower those on his team, does that mean the leader makes all the decisions, gives all the directions and the members are his puppets who only obey orders? I don’t think so. A good leader is one who finds and helps to bring out the best in all his team players. So can we all be leaders…??  NO, A leader without a team is not a leader, there needs to be team members, so if you feel you are not a leader does that mean you are of lesser value..?? NO, quality team members are as valuable as a good leader, so never give-up or feel there is no place for you…  “BE A GOOD TEAM MEMBER”, one who values and supports the insights of a good leader , also sees the qualities of the fellow players, strives to carry more than your share of the load, and make it your goal for YOUR TEAM to win.. then we ALL win.

Poor teamwork, however, can prevent effective final performance. And it can also prevent team members from gaining satisfaction in being a member of a team and the organization.

Keeping the team involved and committed is ultimately important, because team members who feel threatened but who are not aware of it become rigid,… and that stops teamwork.

The key elements in the art of working together are how to deal with change, how to deal with conflict, and how to reach our potential…the needs of the team are best met when we meet the needs of individuals persons. Max DePree

So are you part of a team or are you trying to go it alone??

I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.  ~Mia Hamm

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Kathy Jodrey February 16, 2010 at 1:24 pm


Great points here. As in all areas of life, there is a need for both leaders and followers, and it’s OK to be on either side of the fence. This creates balance.

Those of us who choose to step up to the leadership role have great responsibilities. When these are handled properly the entire team benefits. I love what you say about keeping all team members involved. Without involvement a team can easily fall apart. The ability of a leader to keep his team involved and motivated is one of the critical aspects of this role.

Krista Abbott February 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Great post on teamwork Paul. I have worked with many teams in my career and it is always a fantastic experience when everyone does their part and works together to accomplish a common goal. We can do more together than we can do alone.

jean January 20, 2010 at 12:39 am

Hi Paul,
this is so very true,
we have so much more power when
working with a team.
thanks I love your post

Donny Gamble January 12, 2010 at 10:37 pm

In order to be successful in life
you need to help other people
out and the only way to do
this is by working together.

Teams are a very important
component to any kind of
business that you belong to.
If you don’t work together,
you will be less likely to

Steve Hachey January 12, 2010 at 10:33 pm


You have some great life lessons in this post.
I also might add that when it comes to teamwork,
you are only as strong as your weakest link.

Having ten years of experience coaching volleyball,
I did not rely on 7 players (6+libero) but I made
certain that all players were ready to go. I always
preached that you are only as strong as your weakest
player. It proved well when I had a difficult time making
up my starting line up! Who would start because they could
all do the job.

Thanks again Paul

Robin Lynn Brooks January 11, 2010 at 11:12 pm

It is a great life lesson, to be on a team and to really appreciate all its worth. So many critical life lessons can be seen in true team spirit.

How cool to see a horse pulling competition & how magnificent that must have been!

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