A man was lost while driving through the country. As he tried to reach for the map, he accidentally drove off the road into a ditch. Though he wasn’t injured, his car was stuck deep in the mud. So the man walked to a nearby farm to ask for help. “Warwick can get you out of that ditch,” said the farmer, pointing to an old mule standing in a field. The man looked at the decrepit old mule and looked at the farmer who just stood there repeating,
“Yep, old Warwick can do the job.” The man figured he had nothing to lose. The two men and the mule made their way back to the ditch. The farmer hitched the mule to the car. With a snap of the reins he shouted,
“Pull, Fred! Pull, Jack! Pull, Ted! Pull, Warwick!”
And the mule pulled that car right out of the ditch.
The man was amazed. He thanked the farmer, patted the mule, and asked, “Why did you call out all those names before you called Warwick?”
The farmer grinned and said, “Old Warwick is just about blind. As long as he believes he’s part of a team, he doesn’t mind pulling.”
Adapted from Some Folks Feel the Rain: Others Just Get Wet.
Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishment towards organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to obtain uncommon results. Difficult things seem easy when you work in team than when you do it alone. When you work in a team, you don’t feel the weight of responsibilities unbearable, there are teammates who share this weight with you. It is in human nature that he feels more confident when he is in a group. When you work in team, you have an access to every idea that comes up in the group. This helps in going through every option and possibility before you lay down the final framework. The shortcomings of an individual are made up for by the strengths of your teammates.
Being in a team helps you grow as a person and on the social level too. You learn to communicate your ideas, improvise and become more open to other people’s opinion. People who work together in a team often share their personal lives too and become good friends. Teamwork often means working with people you might not like as a person, but it teaches you to deal with them for the sake of common good or profit. This is a very important aspect of teamwork that is required in the corporate, business world today. A good team helps you realize the drawbacks in you and guides you in improving them. You learn the various aspects of collective effort, tolerance, trust and professionalism.
Have you ever seen geese migrating? They follow a ‘V’ shaped pattern while flying. When each bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird behind it. It also reduces the air resistance and thus the bird does not get tired easily. When the leading goose gets tired, he falls behind and some other goose takes its place. Thus by working together in common understanding and helping each other, the geese complete an extraordinary journey of over thousands of miles, which could possibly be impractical for an individual goose.
by Piyush Barskar