There comes a time in the workplace when one would need the services of his or her colleague. This may be either helping to sort out some files or assisting with some ideas. In fact, one cannot successfully create a product or do anything relating to your work by relying on their own energy and technical expertise. You will definitely need the assistance of a colleague or superior at the workplace. However, no matter how experienced one is, it is imperative that he leverages on other people’s thoughts and skill in order to come out with great results. That’s the power of teamwork. Henry Ford quoted, “coming together is beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success”. One of the most integral values of any business establishment will therefore be teamwork.
The Bible also advocates for team building. The visible illustration of people who are united for the same purpose is what great team work is all about, and ultimately, that is what your organisation should be seeking to build; a culture of many people working together as a united front to achieve a common purpose. Paul in one of the epistles to the Corinthians stated that, “If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact, God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body”. From the text, the best teams do not have similar skills but have diverse range of talents and skills in their knowledge base. They however appreciate the input from every individual for the goal they want to accomplish. In any organisation, where there is a shared vision and values, it (the organisation) is bound to withstand any unforeseen circumstances or mishap that will come up in the quest to derail set plans.
You may wonder why some blue chip companies and huge brands are able to roll out cutting-edge and innovative products that amazes the world. Obviously, these feats are not achieved by a single individual. It is rather a collective ability of various skills and talents that makes the company or their products great. There are various traits which characterizes effective teamwork.
One of the most essential factors of a successful team. Structures in making communication possible cannot be downplayed in driving efforts towards building an effective team and sustaining it. One of the most important characteristics of a good team is open communication. Each team member must be able to communicate with the rest of the group for project updates, questions, ideas and general input. The story from the good book on the tower of Babel clearly depicts communication in a team. Because of the single language that the people had, they were able to build the tower, but when God changed the language, confusion set in halting their operations. That is the repercussion which is bound to occur when there is division among a team. A team that encourages open communication enables everyone to share their ideas and opinions without fear. However, there should be face-to-face communications and other modes of communication in place to ensure proper monitoring of group processes and dynamics. This will also drive creativity and enable productive work practices. When communication channels in a team are efficiently established, it increases interaction among the team, it reduces the possibility of internal conflicts among the team members and instills in them a sense of responsibility.
Working towards a specific mission and vision or being bound by a set of values is also a key element in successful team building. When a group of people come together with the same interests, it shows greater results. In any organisation, is a set of mission and vision which directs their efforts towards achieving those targets. A united front who are aware and conscious of those set mission or vision of the organisation.
One of the most important element of successful team work is the establishment of a platform of mutual trust that enables the leadership team to engage in open debate and decision making. This leads to commitments to action by individual members of the team. Building this trust requires a system which makes it possible for team members to know and understand the beliefs and behaviors of all members of the team so that team actions can be structured to take advantage of each member’s uniqueness and talents. John C Maxwell was right when he quoted, “teamwork makes the dream work..”