“Teamwork is harmonious cooperation that is willing, voluntary and free. Whenever the spirit of teamwork is the dominating influence in business or industry, success is inevitable. Harmonious cooperation is a priceless asset that you can acquire in proportion to your giving.” Napoleon Hill
In John Maxwell’s “Talent is Never Enough” He discusses the following truths about teamwork.
1. Teamwork divides the effort and multiplies the effect.
2. Talent wins games, but teamwork wins championships
3. Teamwork is not about you.
4. Great teams create community.
5. Adding value to others adds value to you.
Most of us understand the value and benefits of team work, but it is often an illusive phenomenon. It takes trust, communication, unselfishness and a common goal. If one member of the team has secret selfish motives, trust and communications will be never be built to a level that will push you to your common goal.
With that lack of trust is there will never be good communications. Good intentions will often be misunderstood or even worse used as a weapon in the war of office politics. The lack of communications causes progress to slow and results ignored.
Like grinding gears in a machine, not only does the mistrust caused by selfish motives slow the work of the team, it also causes abnormal wear and tear that will compound the problems and hasten the need to “break down” and “rebuild” the team. What often happens is that the leader does not see the real cause of the friction on the team and the parts that are functional and valuable end up damaged or removed.
Guard your team from that member who talks the talk and pretends to walk the walk, but is throwing sand in the gears of your team.