I know, it’s slightly cheesy to refer to teamwork as an inspiration. And stock images of businesspeople working in teams doesn’t make it any less corny. However, beyond the trite notions and images of team-building exercises, when people genuinely work as a team for the benefit of a group, it really is great to be a part of.
The past couple weeks have given me a glimpse at what it’s like to really work with people as a team. Not just for yourself to get things done and obliging others so you can get to where you want to individually, but helping others out to help out and sacrificing when needed. Sometimes it meant the whole focus was for them, sometimes it was my time to shine. It was for a collective purpose though, not just individuals having to work with each other. It was working together, which is stronger than each alone.
Unfortunately, most of us don’t really work as a team in practice. In every place I have worked there have been groups working, but it was more people working in the vicinity of others rather than furthering each others’ goals and achievements. There have been empty motions and ideas thrown out, even from nice people who intend well. We just tend to look out for ourselves first, not trust others, and then reach out when we see benefit for self. There have been instances when I have truly liked who I have worked with and they liked me, and when it came down to crunch time, we rolled up our sleeves and pitched in even if it meant sacrificing our own stuff to pull the other person through. That hasn’t been the norm, but it is so much more empowering and pleasant to be in.
Consider pitching in, genuinely giving your all for someone else, for someone on one of your life’s teams.
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