5 Videos Showing the True Power of Teamwork

 

We all know how important teamwork is in business. We hear it all the time. And, all the most successful businesses in the world seem to have it mastered. But to truly master it ourselves, we have to understand what teamwork really means.

Straight out of dictionary.com (because my paperback now lives at Goodwill), teamwork is a cooperative or coordinated effort from a group of people who are acting toward a common cause. Some other words which describe teamwork are: collaboration, unity, harmony, participation, partnership, and synergy.

So, with these terms fresh on your mind. Let’s discover the many different ways teamwork is demonstrated.

The following videos show the true power of teamwork, carried out in very different ways.

 

1. This time lapse of a huge barn being built over just a few hours, really captures the harmony that results from amazing teamwork.

 

2. A man’s life was saved from the quick thinking of one person and the help of many others to carry out the rescue plan. This demonstrates how important a clear purpose is to success. Everyone knows what they need to do to help.

 

3. An athlete who is struggling with her studies, while in training gets some much needed help and support from her friends. This kind of teamwork demonstrates camaraderie and having each other’s back. Helping just to help.

She says, “If you want to go fast you go alone, but if you want to go far you have to go as a group”.

 

4. A marching band gets creative and works in unity to perform this awesome display. Their coordination is very impressive!

 

5. Great teamwork occurs all the time in the animal kingdom and sometimes it could mean the difference between life and death. This video, called “Battle at Kruger” shows a struggle between a pride of lions, a herd of buffalo, and 2 crocodiles at a watering hole in South Africa after a baby buffalo is attacked. The herd of buffalo stand strong together in their common cause of saving the young victim.

 

 

10 Quotes Proving Collaboration Drives Business

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“Collaboration is the best way to work. It’s the only way to work, really. Everyone’s there because they have a set of skills to offer across the board.” – Antony Starr, actor

People are the heart and center of every business. People working together and applying their individual experience and creativity to team and company goals will drive a business forward. Every interaction that takes place is an opportunity for change, growth, and innovation.

 

“Effective collaboration is about maximizing time, talent and tools to create value. The old way was the pass-along approach. I do my job and then pass along my work product to you.” – Evan Rosen, author The Culture of Collaboration

Effective teamwork is so valuable. It is the new competitive advantage, which all successful businesses have mastered. Leaders need to dedicate themselves to enabling their people. The result will be greater efficiency all around.

 

“Politeness is the poison of collaboration” – Edwin Land, cofounder of the Polaroid Corporation

People struggle to be honest and polite at the same time. It is challenging to be graceful about delivering negative feedback, but it is so important to address the negative along with the positive. When a company values transparency and honest communication, it allows collaboration to happen naturally. By rewarding honesty and making people feel safe, they can be their authentic selves without worrying about possible consequences.

 

“The purpose of life is to collaborate for a common cause; the problem is nobody seems to know what it is.” – Gerhard Gschwandtner CEO of Selling Power

It is so important to relentlessly communicate vision and goals because people who collaborate without understanding “why” waste precious time and energy. Leaders need to link everyday actions back to overall goals, so people understand their true purpose.

 

“Peering succeeds because it leverages self-organization—a style of production that works more effectively than hierarchical management for certain tasks.”― Don Tapscott, author Wikinomics

Whenever possible, allow people to work autonomously. When people are really in control of their work, they are more accountable and driven to perform. Within a team environment that is more flexible, people can discover their preferred work style. A style which allows them to be the most creative and productive.

 

“Training often gives people solutions to problems already solved. Collaboration addresses challenges no one has overcome before.” ― Marcia Conner, author The New Social Learning

Every time people come together to share ideas and tackle problems, growth and innovation can happen. Every problem a business encounters is an opportunity, but people must come together and ask the right questions in order to discover and exploit the opportunities that come along.

 

“The secret is to gang up on the problem, rather than each other.” — Thomas Stallkamp, Former Executive from Chrysler Corporation

Culture plays a huge role in employee moral. A collaborative culture takes the focus away from all the politics which tend to divide people, like job titles, seniority levels, and favoritism.

 

“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.” — Andrew Carnegie, Scottish American Industrialist

Alignment within a complex business is not a random occurrence that happens out of chance or luck. It takes a lot of work to get the right people, working on the right projects, toward the right goals. But, it is worth the effort because alignment is a prerequisite for effective collaboration.

 

“After mutual respect and understanding are achieved, it is possible to establish real, sincere relationships, which is the foundation of a solid long-term collaboration.” ― Ron Garan, author The Orbital Perspective

Team building is a great way to bring people together to form stronger relationships. Activities which don’t focus on performance outcomes, help people open up so they can grow to understand each other on a deeper, more personal level.

 

“The organizations of the future will increasingly depend on the creativity of their members to survive. Great Groups offer a new model in which the leader is an equal among Titans. In a truly creative collaboration, work is pleasure, and the only rules and procedures are those that advance the common cause.” – Warren Bennis, author and American Scholar on Leadership

When structure is kept to a minimum, there is more freedom for creative energy to thrive. Some rules, policies, and procedures might be necessary to maintain accountability and order, but stipulations can get in they way and slow you down. We live in a fast-paced world and flat organizations are becoming more and more common, so try to be as flexible as possible.

 

Caboh Best Practices

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Your first experience with any new software can be intimidating. Then, add an entire team to that experience and it can suddenly become quite daunting.

We understand the challenges of getting everyone onboard with something new. So, here are some tips to help you get the most out of your team’s new collaboration space.

 

  1. During implementation, leverage how your team already works together.

Don’t get overwhelmed. Caboh offers a variety of features to support the way your team naturally works together. You can slowly integrate your team’s work habits into Caboh by focusing on one feature at a time. It helps to start with a feature that is familiar and directly impacts daily workflow.

For example, if your team relies heavily on chat for daily communication, implement just this feature until everyone is onboard.

 

  1. Encourage your team to take advantage of integrations.

For example, everyone can easily connect Drop Box to their Caboh file system in order to quickly gain access to all their important documents.

 

  1. Create and join groups to make sharing with others easier.

Groups are important and versatile because they can represent departments, projects, teams, or clubs. Caboh uses custom sharing to personalize each user experience, and as a shortcut, you can select a group name to quickly share with all the members of that group.

 

  1. Replace internal email communication with Caboh’s threaded discussions.

Discussions are a great way to collaborate! Upload, share, and discuss anything (like a file, video, picture, or link) with groups or individuals.

Help your team avoid time-consuming email reply threads, which make it impossible to keep up with ongoing conversations.

Hint: Anyone on your team who still relies on email to communicate won’t be left out. Email notifications and digests help you stay on top of any Caboh activity (like a new discussion).

 

  1. Upload the company website or blog RSS to your Caboh Dashboard.

This customization displays company news and updates for everyone with little effort. Once your blog or website is integrated with Caboh, it will update automatically and no one will have to leave Caboh to find the information they need.

 

Successful Communication is Engaging Communication

 

Employees are frustrated. Everyday, they are overwhelmed and inundated with a surplus of email correspondence. According to a McKinsey report on “The Social Economy”, employees have to spend one-fourth of their work day reading, answering, and sending email communication.These time-consuming tasks have become such a large portion of their job responsibility that they struggle to get actual work done.

It can take employees “around 16 minutes to refocus on their tasks” after each time they manage emails, making it nearly impossible to stay focused at work.

Email Do Not Disturb

Although email is a great for external point-to-point business communication, it is being overused internally. Coworkers are using email to share documents, invite people to events, share meeting notes, and to discuss important topics. It has become overwhelming to manage team communication and all other business correspondence in the same inbox.

There are more effective ways to communicate and collaborate within a team!

Incorporating the use of more social communication technologies can significantly reduce time spent handling email communication. IBM was able to reduce email traffic by 98 percent after utilizing a social site to post email responses. They claimed the social site helped with information redundancy, “thereby eliminating all the follow-up questions, copying, and forwarding that multiplies e-mail traffic.” Reducing email traffic and incorporating a social and collaborative, communication platform is critical to not only to improve productivity, but also to increase employee engagement.

Social sites automatically create user engagement because they directly ask for our input. When you login to Facebook the first thing you see is a status box where you are asked: “What’s on your mind?”.  Suddenly, we are prompted to voice our thoughts and we are given the expectation that what we say really matters. People can use technology to announce their ideas, opinions, and life updates so they will be heard by others, and this expectation is being brought into the workplace.

If people can quickly reference social technologies to get up to speed and communicate with friends and family, why does communicating at work have to be so frustrating and time consuming?

Facebook and Twitter are engaging communication tools because they give people a voice and create an equal opportunity environment for people to receive social recognition. So, it is only fair to assume that the most effective way to engage an employee is to continually ask them a simple question: “What do you think?”

By providing an online environment where anyone’s ideas are welcomed and recognized, people participate because they are encouraged to and they have something valuable to contribute. This naturally makes the information that is shared more meaningful and engaging for people to discuss.

The communication methods employees use internally should align with their workflow and enable teams to collaborate around valuable information. Unfortunately, email creates disjointed conversations, which make it difficult to maintain transparency and keep everyone informed.

It is time to reconsider how we use email, so we can find a better way to work together virtually!