Catchy phrase, huh? Teamwork seems to be a popular discussion among business leaders, organizations, and even movements lately.
“We are all in this together.”
“It takes a village to raise a child.”
“None of us is as smart as all of us.”
“We will fight for what we believe, together.”
“We are one!”
No doubt you have heard at least one of those phrases or some form of them used in a group, sports, the military, or business setting. Why? Because even though we are individuals, at our core we know we need others to be successful and get the job done. We crave independence but desire interdependence…whether we admit it or not. Think about your business or organization now, could teamwork be the secret weapon to take your business to the next level?
If teamwork and camaraderie are things that we strongly desire and could be so important to us, especially with our work teams, then how do we foster it?
Well, the first step to any problem is acknowledging you need help, but the harder part is asking for it. But you might be thinking, “Should you have to ask for it?” Well, technically you don’t have to, but you can create an environment that, no matter what, enables and supports teamwork. But, it never hurts to ask and talk about it. If people know that it is ok (and yes, it is not supported and ok in some business settings…I have no clue why this would be the case.) then they are more likely to ask for help or lend a helping hand without being told to. It starts happening organically.
Act it out
Any leader knows that the first step to inspiring their staff is to model the behavior you want them to have. You have to lead the way for them. Be involved. Be part of the fun. Be part of the hard work. Get down in the dirt with them. You staff will see that you are “for them” and they will want to show that they are not only for you be for each other as well.
When you think of teamwork, you think of hard work, problem-solving, goals, etc. But in the mindset of work/life balance what about teamwork in having fun? You know the thought, “Work Hard, Play Hard” well that comes about in the teamwork mindset too. Not only are you a team when you are working. You can be a team when you are playing or relaxing too. This helps people get to know each other on a different level. It helps inspire that family-type feeling between co-workers.
This probably can have the biggest impact on individuals and groups in a business or organization. Having a business culture that encourages each other in, not only their jobs but in life itself can have a dramatic affect on a person. It is rooted in the Biblical concept of “Iron sharpening iron.” We sharpen each other, we encourage each other, we help each other. Whether it is encouraging a co-worker in reaching their goal, participating in a company event, or through a rough time, your words and actions can draw and rally a team together quicker than anything else. This helps create value in the person and that they mean something to you and the business.
Fostering a culture of teamwork is foundational to the success of any business, any team, and any individual. While there are times we have to do certain things alone, the truth is that we really are stronger, smarter, and more powerful together.