MAKING IT HAPPEN
“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
Stop, Collaborate, and Listen. Think about some of the great visuals of teamwork that adorn walls and offices. There’s the TEAMWORK poster with the reverent rowing team—“Together we achieve more.” Or the poster of the diverse team members all putting their hands together before they “break” and lift their hands in the air exuberantly. Then there is the flying V poster representing how the geese in the front create “uplift” for those behind them, and the geese at the back honk to encourage the ones in the front to keep up the pace. Finally, you can’t forget about the colony of bees touting that each and every bee has a very specific role and job to do.
Put aside some of these typical metaphors for a moment and really think about teamwork and what it means. A strong team is powerful. Moving. Resilient. Seemingly unstoppable. A great team has that energy, that spark—you can feel it when you’re there—almost like static. The individuals on the team know each other’s strengths, feed off of each other’s ideas, and they challenge, push, and support each other. They’re never satisfied with the first answer or the easiest answer. They love hurdles, obstacles, and curveballs because that is when they really get to perform, reach, stretch, stretch, stretch—and prevail. An achievement or team accomplishment is savored, but not for long, because the fun is in the sprint, the journey to the top.