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Competiton or Cooperation.

Updated on April 7, 2014

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There is a lot of writing these days about team work and its importance to greater achievement than that usually obtainable by individuals working alone. The advantages are pointed out; the establishment of the goal, the use of the combined talents of everyone to reach the goal, the increased commitment because of the community feeling of everyone helping everyone else, communication from the leader and those within the team to keep everyone on track, and the list goes on.

Many realize the essential part team work plays. Speaker and author Brian Tracy says,‘Team work is so important that it is virtually impossible for you to reach the heights of your capabilities or make the money you want without becoming very good at it.’

Yet somehow the whole concept often falls apart. Various things happen, or fail to happen. The goals are not set clearly, therefore there is no understanding of end result; the skills of the team members are not utilized effectively; the leader may not have the ability and drive to overcome obstacles; there may be a lack of positive approach in learning and recovering from setbacks, and many more bumps can occur on the road to a successful team performance.

Yet, surprisingly, there are plenty of examples around of highly successful teams who work together with unwavering commitment to the final outcome, which is clearly understood by all. You find these teams in the animal and insect kingdoms, and here there are fine examples in Nature that humans can, but usually do not, learn from. Here, team management and leadership problems have been solved and all systems work smoothly to bring about the desired result.

For example, take bees, highly organized with every bee knowing its contribution to the whole and its relationship to the chief of the colony, the Queen, who apportions out duties and is protected by attendants. She has 50,000 or so members of the Colony who work together in precise relationships, each focused on their own tasks, each making their own contribution to the final outcome, which is to make enough honey to survive and rear the young.

The support groups include builders who provide wax, repairers who tend to maintenance, cleaners, nurses to supervise the young, air circulators to keep fresh air moving in the hive by fanning with their wings, the collectors who collect nectar and pollen, with the workers being the female bees and the drones (male) who eat honey but fulfill their main job of mating with the Queen. All bees have a highly developed communication system whereby honey bees can indicate by an elaborate ‘dance’ where the nectar and pollen is located, and other communication provided by pheromones.

The point of all this is that bees survive by cooperation, communication, dedication and understanding of their place and contribution to the organization. They work, not in competition, but in cooperation with each other and achieve what could never be gained by individuals.

Just image an orchestra of 100 players or a similar choral group. Each member has their own idea of the music that’s to be performed and that will often be in conflict with their neighbour’s opinion. Yet somehow if there’s to be harmony all these various ideas have to be welded into one concord in such a way that each person contributes fully to a euphonious whole, and the group’s interpretation is as one. Often not an easy task, as my years of choral and orchestral direction can verify. But all the principles of contribution and the establishment of the final understood goal apply as in anything else.

This philosophy of cooperation for creation is taking hold more and more, and big business is starting to recognize its worth. Simon Mainwaring, a branding consultant and advertising creative director says, Creating a better world requires teamwork, partnerships, and collaboration, as we need an entire army of companies to work together to build a better world within the next few decades. This means corporations must embrace the benefits of cooperating with one another’.

I have found on the Internet an organization taking those principles to heart as they help their members develop revenue producing streams. They have strong leadership, clearly stated goals, excellent communication, training and support for all taking part. It is worth investigation if you want a reliable and experienced team to which you can contribute your own skills for the benefit of all, including yourself. To find out more go to http://www.help2wealth


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