Why is teamwork important?
What is teamwork? Why is teamwork important?
Many people say that team work is very important and that it has a very powerful energy to create something.
But it also said that it is very difficult to make nice team work, sometimes you have to experience situations which you cannot understand when you work with the other people, because we have different values in our life and we have different backgrounds and experiences so when we decide something, of course we have different opinions.
It can be very difficult to make decisions when we do something as a team, sometimes you will feel that to work alone is better and faster than as a team.
Yes it’s true, sometime alone is better and faster than as a team, but you cannot go a long distance alone. Because we are all connected with each other, if I destroy a natural resource, then other people will get damaged by it.
If I polluted the water, the other living things are forced to drink the water which was polluted by me. If the other people do something, it also has influence on you.
It means even though you are smart or have a lot of money and power, you still need the other people if you want to do something.
You are just a human being, you cannot do everything by yourself.
I want to make one example: if you have to run 100km, it’s easy if you divide (share) your distance with the other people, but if you have to run 100km alone, you will feel very tired. Maybe you cannot finish, if you don’t have strong motivations and reason.
But if you are run as a team, you can gain a lot of energy and motivation from your team, when you are tired you are teammate can help you to bring your bag, if you are sick your teammate can take care of you and your work.
So how can you work as a team? How can you make nice team work?
First of all:
all of us need to consider that we are all different, as I said before, we have all had different backgrounds and life experience and we all have different values and goals in life.
Even if something seems the correct answer to me, it can be a wrong answer to the other people.
At those times you need to explain and share what you think or feel in order to let the other people understand you, you need to listen carefully to what the other people say as well.
When you listen to what the other people say, please don’t judge and disturb.
If you start to judge and disturb, the other people can feel uncomfortable to talk with you and maybe he/she will lie to you someday.
You have one mouth and two ears because you need to listen twice as much as you speak.
Second of all:
don’t be in too much of a hurry to solve the problem even though maybe you have a bad or difficult moment with your teammate.
If you try to solve the problem quickly the results may not be good enough, everybody has different speeds, so we need to consider that we have a different speed.
I mean that not just one person needs to follow the other people’s speed, but both of them need to try to follow each other.
The relations are like the ingredients in cooking, if you want to make a nice dish, you need to cook each ingredient enough and cook them for different times, for example: carrot and broccoli need to be boiled for different amounts of time..
Third of all:
make common habits and common goals. It can be anything - traveling together, making a musical band, reading a book together and discussing, studying together, playing a game together, watching a movie together, eating a nice meal, so on.
Share your life and be open to each other, through the common habit or actions, you will find how different we are.
Fourth of all:
we have to develop as a team, but in the same time we also need to develop individually.
We as human beings are not perfect beings, we cannot always consider and think as a team, we really have to accept that we are not perfect, everybody has a different way of life.
love and respect the people.
Individually this is most important point to build a good relationship as a team. But at the same time this is the most difficult to explain and to do it in our life.
We can easily say I love you and I respect you, but to actually feel that in reality is totally different and also there can be many contradictions in our behavior.
Everybody has different ways of giving love and respect, but you cannot demand how somebody else should give it to you.
Lastly I would like to quote from my school Lindersvold that “if you are alone, the society will change you, but if you are together you will change the society”.