Anyone who has been successful will say that they did not do it alone. We often forget the efforts of the team when we are focusing on what the person in the spotlight has achieved. In reality, none of us accomplish by ourselves. So many people contribute to our success – from the cab driver who brings us to important meeting to the board members in the room.
Being in an effective team means that each person works on the piece of the project in their area of expertise. We do best as what we love so having passionate people on the team accelerates the process and brings an exciting energy to the group. The old adage about how the “one bad apple can spoil the rest” holds true in so many situations. One strong negative influence does affect the group.
I think that we have responsibility not just to do our part to best of our ability, but also to keep our attitude positive and hold our best intentions for the group as a whole. When one person values what they do more than the rest and works out of sync with the group, the process does not run smoothly and progress slows down. It also creates stress and friction in the group, even though it may appear to be subtle.
Andrew Carnegie said, “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”
It is so important to remember the team effort. Each person plays an integral part in the success of the results. Taking an inventory of those who have worked with us and supported us is part of realizing and honoring the gift that each person in the group contributes to the whole. Most importantly, we are never alone.