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There is no "I" in TEAM !

Updated on September 7, 2012

Teamwork is always valued.

But why is that?

What is it about a group of organised individuals working together, that is so much better than single individuals trying to achieve some goal on their own?

We are all the same....

The thing about humans is that we are all basically similar, with the odd minor variation.

In general, we all have the same body parts and bodily functions, the same physical and emotional needs.

We also have the same drive to feed and shelter our families, nurture our young, and knock sense into our teenagers.

We have old age to think about, annoying or awesome realtives.....etc...etc...

We have common experiences and these for the basis of creating bonds between us.

We are more likely to work together for the common goal of a community than for our own personal reward because we are social animals..

The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis
The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis

It is possible to be empathic, we have to work together for the future of everyone's children. When we see a child in danger, it's a child of the world not the individual.



Is this main route by which we will eventually solve the problems of the world?

Only when we become truely concious of our common bonds can we really work togther.

Then the "team" becomes the community.

We are all different...

The contrary thing about humans is that we are all uniquely different.

We all have different and special skills. Some are brilliant in particular competencies and some are brilliant in others.

On the flipside, some of us are not very gifted in some areas, and it's then that we need support from others.

Some of us are great communicators, coordinators and generalists and are there to hold the team together.

We all have different skills to celebrate and also things that we just can't do (sometimes this can be because we need someone to teach us).

In general we are more likely to work together to fill in the gaps between our individual skills to build something that is so much more...SYNERGY

The Loudest Duck: Moving Beyond Diversity while Embracing Differences to Achieve Success at Work
The Loudest Duck: Moving Beyond Diversity while Embracing Differences to Achieve Success at Work

Appreciating each other's differences and getting to know each other is the best way to share support.

This also reduces duplication of work, minimises use of resources, and brings to the fore previously un-noticed expertise.


Creating synergy with diversity

The advantages of having so many different views are inumerable, as long as the main goals are kept in sight.

Value people for who they are and the rewards will be great.

So how do we build a team...?

We pick the best specialists for the job.

We pick people with the skills that will help us meet our goals for example:

  • Legal Experts
  • Financial Wizards
  • Safety Champions
  • Communications Experts
  • Designers and Engineers
  • Technical Associates
  • Quality Experts
  • Project and Administrative Support Staff
  • Customer Support Staff
  • Housekeeping Staff

Remember that to be inclusive all team members must be valued.


How to help the team perform at its best?

We keep them informed to the best of our ability.

We nuture them, by mentoring and supporting their education.

We give them a safe positive environment to explore their creativity.

We enourage them and reward them well for all achievements and goals met.

We give only creative criticism and put forward solutions to common problems (not everyone is good at everything).

We consider their families, and their health.

We treat the team like we would like to be treated - after all we ARE the team


Some corporate rewards of keeping the team happy

  1. Workers will give of their best always
  2. Workers will stretch themselves to help
  3. Fewer staff are likely to leave for another job
  4. The working atmosphere will be happy and productive
  5. Fewer mistakes will be made


Some personal rewards of being in a happy team

  1. High self esteem and feeling of belonging
  2. A feeling of making a contribution to the lives of others (even if they are just your colleagues)
  3. Reduction in anxiety and depression
  4. Less heart related problems
  5. A lowered chance of being diagnosed with cancer


Teamwork 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know (101 (Thomas Nelson))
Teamwork 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know (101 (Thomas Nelson))

A leaders guide to building effective teams...

Go to Amazon to take a free look inside this great value book.


So whats stopping us achieving this every time...?


Sounds easy doesn't it :-)


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    • catsimmons profile imageAUTHOR

      Catherine Simmons 

      6 years ago from Mission BC Canada

      Hey Cloverleaf, thanks for reading! It's sometimes hard to get the support folks in a team appreciated, but everyone matters!

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      6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Catsimmons, I think it's great when each person in a team can bring different skills and strengths to completing a task at hand. Your hub was an excellent read!

    • catsimmons profile imageAUTHOR

      Catherine Simmons 

      6 years ago from Mission BC Canada

      Thanks Movie Master :-)

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi catsimmons, it sounds easy enough and I agree with you why can't happy and healthy workers be the result every time? the ideas aren't that complicated!

      Excellent hub, really enjoyed this thank you for sharing.

    • catsimmons profile imageAUTHOR

      Catherine Simmons 

      6 years ago from Mission BC Canada

      Hi Flora, I've been in a few choirs too and drama groups..I'm not a sporty person.

      Having a really strong leader with a good big picture view seems to be a great advantage :-)

    • FloraBreenRobison profile image


      6 years ago

      I find this in my choirs.


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