Teamwork

Teamwork

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Many of the challenges you face in life will be larger than you can complete on our own. When you know how to leverage the strength of a team, you can accomplish much more than you ever could alone.

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In fact, teamwork often means that two people working together can bring results greater than what two people could have done on their own.  Along with the benefits of being on a team, there are also responsibilities.  For the team to be its best, you have to participate and cooperate with others.  You have to listen to new ideas and challenge what you hear in order to find the best answer. In other words, you have to give to get and you have to be engaged for the team to achieve its goals.

World View

There is an acronym for TEAM that goes “Together Everyone Achieves More”.  As we teach our children about teamwork, there are benefits and drawbacks, but when a group really works together as a team, the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks.  Teamwork also produces synergy.   This is where the sum of the parts comes out to be more than expected.  It’s a bit like higher level math, where 1 + 1 is not 2, but rather some number greater than 2 based on some multiplier that is created by teamwork.  You may have heard quotes from athletes talk about how being on a team with a certain team members actually helped the entire team play better.  Or how a certain group of people working together were to perform “magic” when achieving a goal.  Sometimes you hear of “Dream Teams”.  The idea to walk away with is that by working together as a team, whether it is a school project, sports team, science club, or family, we can achieve more than we can if we just simply worked alone.

Relationship

A challenge you may face with teamwork is actually getting others to work together.  With individuals desiring acceptance and recognition, the task of getting individuals to perform an action that may not be noticed, or help someone else receive praise, can sometimes be difficult.  As someone teaching teamwork, remember some key components that will help reinforce the desired behavior.

Model the Behavior

You can model teamwork daily with your family.  For example, the household favorite of washing dishes.  How long does it take a single person to wash the dishes and put them away, versus how long does it take if everyone chips on some task?   One may wash, the other may dry, and yet another may put the dishes away.  The task probably happens much faster than if you simply took the total time for one person to do all of the components and divided by 3.  And, the relationships that are strengthened as the group works together to accomplish the goal is, as the commercial says, “priceless”.