TEAMWORK: THE SECRET TO EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS

“Individual commitment to a group effort–that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” –Vince Lombardi

You may be very outstanding at what you do. For instance, you may be the best student in your class, or the best singer in your group, or the best player in your team. You may win prizes and have the whole world recognize you. Having that level of recognition is commendable, but you must learn how to work in a team if you want extraordinary results.

A team is a group with a common goal, and if you look around you, you will find that you inevitably belong to a team or group. You are a member of your family group, your class, church or mosque, village, local government, state, and country. In some cases, you don’t choose the groups you belong to—for example, your family, ethnic group, or country. However, your goal should be to work for the success of your groups.

Have you seen how ants work? They usually come together to take on more challenging tasks. When an ant tries to lift a crumb of biscuit and discovers it can’t do it alone by its effort, the ant looks for other ants to help it out. Before long, what seemed impossible for one ant to do becomes easy when other ants contribute their energy. Don’t despise members’ commitment to a group or the power of every group member committing a little of their effort to the same goals. Success becomes more accessible with such a mindset.

Part of the problem of being in a group is that the other members of your group may not be behaving how you want. But the onus is on you, who has the knowledge to do the right thing always. Because everyone in your class is not studying to pass but depending on others to help them pass should not stop you from learning. When you behave differently from the other members of a group who do the wrong things, you mark yourself out for greatness. Your right actions will inspire someone else, and before long other people will follow suit. It will then become easier to succeed when more people in your group behave in the same way. These things can be as simple as the members of your group being polite.

As the quote above implies, you must be committed to a group effort if you want things to work. When you are in a group, and things are not working the way you want, ask yourself if you are working in the group’s interest. For instance, you have a group assignment in your class, and your part is to research the project while the other people write it up. Failure is inevitable if you don’t do your part because your other group members will not have anything to write on. Groups or teams function because the individual members are committed to the efforts of the group.

Do you want your family, class, team, community, state, or country to succeed or work? You must play your part, which may be as essential as doing the right thing even if every other person is doing otherwise. Be part of the solution and not a problem to your group.

I know this topic is huge so let’s hear your questions and comments in the comments section below.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Besidone Ebule is the Project Director at B2SL, where he works to encourage personal development and build success networks. You can contact him at bessy.ebule@b2sl.org.

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  • Aruleba martins
    Reply

    Hmmm.
    This quite challenging

  • Kingsley
    Reply

    Wow.
    Let’s say i am the class prefect and for every responsibility the class will always put it on me,the will not be willing to assist.
    What will you advice me to do in this situation?

    • Success Bridge
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      It’s to find a way to delegate task to them. But first thing you must know about leading a team is that leadership is influence. The more positive influence you have on them, the more easier you will be able to get them work with you on task.

  • Noble
    Reply

    Teamwork stil remains the key to success in a group

  • Busayo
    Reply

    Teamwork is the main key for cooperation

    • Yemisi Adetunji
      Reply

      One must be committed to a group effort if you want things to work.
      Always work for the success of any group you find yourself in.
      Do not look at the attitudes of others to work, play your part.

  • Feranmi
    Reply

    Team work is very useful to become the extraordinary

  • Feranmi
    Reply

    Team work is very useful to become the extraordinary

  • Olawoyin joseph pamilerin
    Reply

    I learnt that team work always leads to co-operation peace and also neat work

  • Ajilore Daniel O.
    Reply

    Total commitment is the key factor to achieve success in a team hence Team work…

  • Kingsley
    Reply

    Wow
    Team work!!
    The vital key for great achievement.
    But, if the members of the team are not willing to participate fully as a team, what strategy should the team leader put in place?

  • Ihekuna emmanuel
    Reply

    Team work–>cooperation –>success

  • Kingsley
    Reply

    I learnt that, your achievement as an individual can be be amplified by working as a team.
    And also, as an individual a task can be Herculean in nature but as a team the task becomes easy.

  • Thomas Ayomide
    Reply

    Team work is essential to success! and it helps to assemble different ideas and perspective from individuals of a team

  • Suleiman Abubakar
    Reply

    If the members of a team are not putting in as much effort as you do, it would be difficult to get the job done. So can you please tell me methods to motivate teamates?

    • Success Bridge
      Reply

      You will need to create the right set of influence, because leadership is by influence. Always make them see that the success of the team is everyone’s success.

  • Jimoh Nofisat
    Reply

    Teamwork leads to extraordinary results,not only in human but also in animals such as insect,they work in team to bring out extraordinary results

  • Kolajo Festus
    Reply

    Teamwork is everything

  • Ajani Ayomide
    Reply

    Being a member of a group,you must learn to take lead in some things. It’s true each member has their roles to play but if one of the members fails to play his or her own role,one must be ready to fix that part because the failure of one is the failure of all and the success of one is the success of all. To make your group stand,be ready to take up responsibilities of others in the group.

  • Iseoluwa
    Reply

    Wow! this has really boost my interest in working together as a group

    • Fela
      Reply

      T- Together
      E- Everyone
      A- Achieve
      M- More

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