“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.” ~Dale Carnegie
“Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.” ~Kenyan proverb
Today, I am thankful for all the sticks in my bundles and teamwork is on my mind. There are a couple things in my life right now that are reinforcing the importance of a strong team. One is work, the other is personal. From a work standpoint, having my own company and working for myself can be a limiting factor on teamwork….at least that is what I thought. I was so wrong.
I’m learning that when you are independent, you can choose your team every day. In just three short months, I have had the opportunity to work with more people and teams than ever before. Add to that the ability to work with some former colleagues and it’s like winning the lottery. I look at teamwork as a much more fluid state now because it’s something I can constantly change and evolve. I also find that teaming in this way means having to quickly adapt to other work styles and it helps everyone grow.
What are the elements I view as critical to being a team?
- Mission– Working with a group of people who have clear mission and who actively keep each other on track by ensuring we provide service that clearly links to the mission
- Communication– Open lines of communication and knowing your opinion will be heard
- Respect– Acknowledging the experiences of individual members and embracing them
The other team I am on is personal….my HRevolution team. Working with Steve Boese, Matt Stollak and Ben Eubanks is wonderful. Each of us volunteers our time to work together toward the common mission of pulling together an event for you~ the HR and recruiting professionals we want to interact with. If you’re reading this blog, HRevolution is for YOU.
And, much like a work team or athletic team, the HRevolution team is focused. We’ve got our goal, we communicate every day, and we have the utmost respect for each other and the strengths and abilities each individual brings to the table. It’s a great feeling to be part of that. And, we want YOU to be part of that. Be sure to check out the HRevolution registration site and register for the event on November 7th in St. Louis, MO.
Teaming is something that is important and impactful to all aspects of life. What teams are you grateful for? Feel free to share in the comments. Hope to see you at HRevolution and add you to MY team!