Never Underestimate the Value of Teamwork

The last few days have been more manic than usual in both my personal and professional life. Due to work commitments over the past week, I found myself having to travel around five hours a day to get to and from where I needed to be in order to get my job done. This is an exception for me and not a usual thing. Early mornings and late nights impacted my responsibilities as a mother more than anything. Whilst this week was unusual for me, I do also know it’s the daily life of many. The result is getting behind on everything, especially laundry, which is okay until your son goes “mom it’s Friday and I need a clean shirt”. Your children have been less than productive with homework and studying for tests, but then again their overall responsibility has taken a brief descent due to mom not being around. Routines are completely out the window because dad is abroad. However, the purpose of this post is not to whine about me and my family’s disruptive week with too little hours in the day for me personally, but to focus on the critical importance of teamwork.

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilisation work.” – Vince Lombardi

Whilst having a chat with my husband very late last night, he highlighted how he observed my energy being drawn from my colleagues this past week to make things happen despite it feeling at times like it wouldn’t. Essentially, what he had to say got me thinking about teamwork, which has always been very important to me. I have always been a self-starter and self-motivator and therefore have always enjoyed working on my own and still do. However, I come alive in a team. I believe that together, different ways of thinking, different skills and competencies, different ideas and especially more hands get more things done. I have to admit, and I know most reading this can resonate, I have felt at many times in my life in the last 20 or more years, that if I do something myself, it would be done faster, and yes, sometimes I have even thought – better!

The benefits of being a part of a team in our homes and in our professional lives has so much value when achievement comes as a result of a collective effort. There is that something in celebrating success that everyone feels, played a part in, was committed to and made sacrifices for. That for me beats achievement on my own, every time. Shared interests and a common goal builds connections.

Just this past week, without my father-in-law and aunt, my children would not have been taken care of. Without them, I would not have been able to contribute to my team’s efforts. Without the team, I would not have managed my anxiety as “calmly” as I did. Without the team, what every individual made happen would not have happened if each and every person in the team did not do what they had to do.

Teamwork is about being willing to let go, having trust in others, being supportive and encouraging, stepping up to help, re-evaluating priorities and being open to compromise and find solutions.

To be an effective team in the home and the workplace, there needs to be clear direction, open and honest communication, defined roles but with flexibility, ownership, mutual accountability and encouragement that embraces differences in thinking, strengths and weaknesses.

Ultimately, teamwork matters because it builds relationships and loyalty. It creates collaboration, cooperativeness and support. It achieves both efficiency and learning. When we work well together with just one person or more people, we can accomplish more. It is a reality that without family, friends or colleagues, you will not be able to manage everything to cope in life. And when you need to, even if you really don’t want to, there are times to accept that you can’t get to everything and you need to delay doing certain things – as I have done with my blog post this week! So remember, teamwork is critical and beneficial in every aspect of life. Embrace it.

“Great things are brought about and burdens are lightened through the efforts of many hands anxiously engaged in a good cause.” – Elder M. Russel Ballard.

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Yours in Adapting & Being

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