The Power of Working Together

You’re endowed with great abilities, and if you put your mind to something, you can achieve a whole lot—all by yourself. You’re creative and thus can come up with brilliant ideas on ways to use your gifts, talents, skills, and abilities to produce something impressive.

However, if you want to achieve remarkable, mind-blowing results, you’ll have to collaborate with others. Working together multiplies results exponentially. There’s no comparison: what you can achieve in a good team is far greater than what you can achieve on your own.

Life is about connections; it’s about relationships. And this still stands in the context of work and producing massive results. You want to experience greater results, stop thinking you can make it on your own. You don’t have to work on your own—at least not indefinitely. You must seek ways to collaborate with others.

Mind-blowing results are achieved by effective teams. An effective team is a group of people working together in synergy to achieve an ambitious, mind-blowing goal. That is, the team must work together effectively and must be pursuing a great vision.

Each team member plays an essential role in the team’s success. In fact, even a single team member can significantly impede the team’s progress.

Ideally, for the team to operate optimally each the member must show the three primary characteristics: clarity, competence, and commitment.

Clarity

Team members must clearly understand the team’s vision, goals, and objectives. They must know where the team is going. A team member shouldn’t be rowing in the opposite direction from the rest of the team, for lack of clarity on the team’s direction. Each team member, knowing the team’s desired outcomes, should push in that direction.

Also, each team member clearly understands their roles and responsibilities. They must know what results they’re personally accountable for: the production expected of the team. Furthermore, they should be clear about the team’s standards of excellence as well as the team’s procedures (how the team does what it does).

Competence

Team members must not only know what they’re responsible for (their job), they must also know how to get the job done. Their skills set must match their tasks and duties, and thus, they must have what it takes to produce results. It’s one thing to be clear about what to do; it’s another to be able to do it.

For a team to achieve the extraordinary, it must be constituted of competent people: people who know what they are doing. The team needs the expertise and experience of its members to reach its ambitious goals. Team members must operate at their best; they must be placed in their strengths zone: the area where they excel. And when they are, not only they shine, but it benefits the team.

Commitment

It’s one thing to know what to do. It’s one thing to be able to do it. It’s yet another thing to do it—with all your heart and mind.

Whether individually or in the context of teamwork, commitment is indispensable to achieving great results.

To work synergistically, team members must commit to the team’s vision and objectives as well as to one another. They must commit to helping the team reach its target. Driven by their commitment, they bring their best to the task and fulfill their duty with excellence.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.