Why Does Teamwork Work?

why-does-teamwork-workDoes teamwork ? Really?  If so, how do you know? Here are six basics by Phil Van Auken to help you understand why teamwork does :

  1. Teamwork works because it sharpens people’s interpersonal . Interdependent have to get along, because they can’t alone.  When someone else helps “butter your bread,” you how to see eye to eye with them.
  2. Teamwork works because of its internalized ideals. work together because they share ideals that transcend the individual: cooperation, accountability, client-focus, and even occasional personal sacrifice.
  3. Teamwork works because it stimulates . When coworkers cooperate, coordinate, and control quality standards, they naturally communicate.  Talk promotes everyone’s professional well being.
  4. Teamwork works because it ensures mutual accountability.  Without the peer pressure of teamwork, the team’s inevitable weak links (professional incompetence, personality dysfunctions, disorganization, unreliability, etc) continuously eat away at both people and productivity.  But teams have a nasty way of holding their members accountable for “screw-ups” and bad .  Accountability is upheld by self-interest–we have a stake in how other members of the team perform.
  5. Teamwork works because it generates a strategic point of view. People who work together survive and thrive by focusing on their common strategic mission: Why are we here?  What are we striving to accomplish?  Who do we serve?  How well are we performing? Strategy is the nucleus of extraordinary performance.
  6. Teamwork works because it motivates people by making them feel productive, appreciated, needed, and unique.

Who is Phil Van Auken?

About Dale Roach

Dale is the creator of "Like A Team." He has been working with businesses, charity organizations, volunteer groups and church groups in the development of teamwork for over 25 years. The goal of "Like A Team" is to help share the knowledge and skills of healthy team creators across the planet.
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