The Power of Teamwork

The following is an excerpt from the book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick M. Lencioni.


Not finance. Not strategy.  Not technology.  It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare.

The founder of a company that had experienced tremendous growth, best expressed the power of teamwork when he once said, "If you could get all the people in an organization rowing in the same direction, you could dominate any industry, in any market, against any competition, at any time."


I believe this is one of the truest sentiments ever spoken.  Having a company that specializes in working with teams I have seen many times the ability to have 1 + 1 = 3 or 4 or 5.  You just have to get everyone on the team so they have the same vision, enthusiasm and drive to not only reach but surpass the loftiest of goals.

There is a simple formula, everyone on the team knowing their job, doing their job and taking ownership of their job better than anyone else.  This is how you get the people on your team excited about the job and just as important happy about what they are doing.  People who are working in a job they love are 30% more productive than those that don't.  You should think about this, it's very important if you want to get the most out of your teams and your workplace.  Getting the right people doing the right job will get you to the places you want to go, both professionally and personally.

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