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Teamwork makes the dream work!!!

The topic is in sync with John C. Maxwell’s quote which explains the importance of effective and good teamwork clearly. He said, “Teamwork makes the dream work, but a vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team.”

A good team is made only with the help of effective teamwork, which is built on the following characteristics, to name a few:

Clear direction: Having set team goals and a defined vision is barely essential for a team to work together. It’s impossible to assemble the right group of people unless the organization has clarity about their goals and the desired outcome.

Defined roles: Another important characteristic that requires emphasis is well-defined roles for the employees. To achieve the target set by the organization, specific set of skills is required, thus the role to be played by the employees should be clearly laid out so that the right kind of team members are selected to achieve the desired outcome.

Open and free communication: Communication is very important to build a sense of camaraderie among members. A friendly and comfortable relationship will establish among team members only if they communicate freely, thus helping in sharing insights.

Accepting Individuality: Differences in opinion will arise since a team comprises of several individuals. Diverse opinions and ideas give rise to new insights. Thus, encouraging differences in opinion enhances team performance.

Mutual Accountability: Blaming one another for failures and mistakes will create hatred and bitterness, ultimately leading to decreased productivity. Everyone in the team should take ownership of the work and at the same time should also accept the failures as a team rather than playing the blame game.

Recognizing each other’s contributions and facing hurdles together leads to the success of the entire team.

Collaboration and team trust: Collaboration and trust are two important traits to effective teamwork. Without trust and close collaboration, teams cannot succeed.

After knowing the facets of teamwork, it is necessary to point out the significance of teamwork in the workplace. To start with,

1) It brings new ideas and insights

2) Fosters creativity and learning

3) It creates a supportive environment and helps build morale

4) Everyone gets to play their strength and the workload is shared

5) Risk-taking becomes easier, for the entire business

6) Promotes strong work ethics, a sense of achievement and camaraderie and enhances the team spirit.

I would like to conclude with a quote by Steve Jobs that does complete justice to the discussed topic, i.e.; “Great things in business are never done by one person, they are done by a team of people.”