TEAM = Together Everyone Achieves More
I was on a leisure walk this morning at our apartment complex with my son Samyak. We went near the basketball court and saw two teams playing a practice game. Most of the players were under 15 and they were totally focused on winning the match and defeating the opponent team. It was fascinating to see these kids trying to single-handedly run to the other side of the court and dunk the ball in the basket and score a point. The Coach was continuously screaming and shouting the key words – “pass the ball and move in” to remind them to work as a team and take the ball to the opposite side for scoring.
Most players ignored his game plan and continued to play in their own style to get individual glory and score a point. As an outsider watching this game in a non-judgmental way, it was obvious to me that both teams weren’t getting results that they desperately wanted.
The quest for personal achievement and working as a lone warrior is the major cause of a team’s ineffectiveness. Focusing on individual goals will alienate the team members from the team goal. Right from our birth until we finish our professional education, the focus is on ‘competing with others’, not ‘completing each other’. After we get into the corporate or business world, all of us need to go through the process of unlearning and that’s an onerous journey!
I wish there was a deliberate effort by educational institutions to inculcate the philosophy team work in schools, colleges and professional courses. Understanding the power of synergy that comes from leveraging individual strengths is phenomenal. Practicing this understanding is the key to success when we work as a team.
When we are working as a team towards a common purpose, let’s remind ourselves to be focused on our team goal and leverage the energy of synergy!
PS : I acknowledge the pictures from the internet.