Magazine article Management Today

MT Learning Curve: Team Spirit

Magazine article Management Today

MT Learning Curve: Team Spirit

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What is it? Whatever Kevin Pietersen may or may not have said about his team-mates via texts to his South African opponents, there is little doubt that - despite his remarkable talents - he had a disruptive effect on the England cricket team. Team spirit matters. That was underlined by the captain Andrew Strauss's quick decision to retire from all forms of cricket at the end of the recent series. 'I think for a captain to perform his role properly, it's important you're not a passenger in the side,' he said. He quit to help the team do better - a captain's contribution.

Where did it come from? Rome was not built in a day, but when it was completed it was thanks to a team. 'The history of the world is but the biography of great men,' said Thomas Carlyle - but that was wrong (and, arguably, sexist). Individuals achieve little without teams behind them Even in the past, when society was more firmly regimented and hierarchical teams still mattered - in war and in business, as well as in sport. …

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