Wikipedia describes teamwork as, “A joint action by two or more people or a group, in which each person contributes with different skills and expresses his or her individual interests and opinions to the unity and efficiency of the group in order to achieve common goals.
It’s teamwork that’s made my favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys, 5-time Super Bowl champions back in the day. I’m still waiting for number six but I’m not holding my breath. Sure, a team needs a great leader but the players really make or break the success of the team.
During the Cowboys’ dynasty years, they had some of the greatest players in the history of the game. In his recent Hall of Fame induction speech, Emmitt Smith named each one of his offensive lineman and credited them for a great deal of his success as a running back.
While at a networking team meeting recently, I witnessed the synergy of how teamwork makes each member successful. Through referrals and one-on-one meetings, each member is responsible for moving the entire group forward to ultimate success.
Think about who is on your dream team. Is it true, proactive teamwork in action? How do you motivate each other toward success? Do you celebrate each team member’s accomplishments? Do you support and encourage each other in personally meaningful ways during the down times?
Andrew Carnegie states, “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.”
If anyone on your dream team consistently drains it of energy or causes strife, kindly show them the door. Your dream team should be comprised of focused, supportive individuals who empower the group toward success.
One final thought –
Henry Ford says of teamwork:
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”