What is teamwork? Can you think of great examples of teamwork? What about bad examples of teamwork? If you are a sports fan at all, you’ve witnessed teams that play well together and some that don’t.
Sports teams are easy to use as examples of teamwork. Most people are not on sports teams after high school, much less college though. Sports analogies resonate with many but they are hard to put into practice in everyday life.
Below are two great real life examples of teamwork that should easily translate to your life if you want to put these traits into practice and experience great teamwork.
Example 1 – Bring the Right Resources
An associate from another office asked me and another person in my office to call a client who needed some help. The client is located near our office so it made sense to ask us to contact him. The two of us called the client without having much background but we knew timeliness was important.
We called “Tom” early in the morning. An hour later, we got off the call with the understanding of all of Tom’s needs. He required services the two of us could not directly provide.
Thankfully, the two of us knew the firm could help Tom with each of his “pain points” if we gathered the right team of people. Tom made the importance of teamwork clear. He wanted the individual skills but also the skills of a cohesive team.
Specifically Tom mentioned he did not want to be serviced by a firm that works in silos. He wanted a team approach. Each person needed to be able to work with each other person providing a service. That is the definition of teamwork.
In the next couple of hours, we located and talked with the resources to provide the service Tom wanted. We will present a united front – a front of teamwork. We understand the importance of bringing the right resources to help our clients. We’re committed to it. We became one of the examples of teamwork.
Example 2 – New Responsibilities Bring Changes
Earlier this year I was honored to be installed as a deacon in our church congregation. My formal role as a servant would be to organize our worship services and ensure things are performed in an orderly fashion.
My predecessor had organized the worship services for many years and things almost always went smoothly. There is so much more involved than a typical church-goer realizes. Even though I have attended the same congregation for 30 years before taking on this responsibility, there were actions being taken of which I had never thought.
Needless to say, I have not made any changes to the process of the actual worship service. If it wasn’t broken, I wasn’t going to try to fix it.
New people involved in a process bring new responsibilities. Those new responsibilities must be learned and practiced. Besides me, I asked one other member to begin helping with the organization of the services. Now there are six of us involved; two of us being new.
We work as a team and each can take someone’s spot without any issue. We each have unique talents and activities we like to perform but we are each willing to do what we can to make each worship service as orderly as possible.
If we did not work as a team, we would take the members’ attention away from their worship of God and put it directly on us. We don’t want that. We want to be the team that doesn’t get recognized as one of the great examples of teamwork.
Your Great Examples of Teamwork
Can you think of examples of teamwork you’ve witnessed? Maybe you’re a part of a great team of people at work. If you are married, you hopefully make a great team with your spouse. I’m thankful for my wife in that regard.
What about more subtle aspects of teamwork? Have you ever thought that when you drive on the highway, every car on the road is working together as a cohesive unit? Do you find that many people anywhere who operate under the same rules and are in agreement with the same thing? No where else can you see so many people who agree with the right way to do something.
Whether you are a team leader or an entry-level team member, each member of a team is important. As the cliché says, “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” Don’t be the weak link. Make your team stronger.
Be a team player. Believe in teamwork. Be intentional about it and live as a great example of teamwork.