We’ve all heard the pro-teamwork saying, “There’s no I in team.” But people don’t seem to like admitting that it’s true. A simple search of the words “no I in team” yield images and responses like these:
“There’s no I in team, but there’s a M and an E!”
“Yes there is an I in team – right here in the A!”
“Yeah, there’s no I, but there’s no U either.”
“There’s no I in team, but there is in win.”
There’s no I in Team
These statements could have been written by a bunch of narcissists, but we’re betting that’s not really the case. Something many of us don’t realize until we’re knee deep in it is that the world of business is a very selfish place. It causes normal people that know the value of teamwork to revert to survival tactics.
Business is a dog eat dog world where if you don’t want to be eaten, you eat first. If you want to move higher, you stand on the backs of others. If you want to get rich, you look out for number one – yourself.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Some people refuse to play the “I” game and manage to become very successful by doing one thing differently: Understanding the value of working with a team.
If selfishness in business is the rule, your job is to become the exception to the rule. Focusing on the importance of teamwork will give you an advantage over the companies that will do or say anything to make a buck. You will also have an edge over the people that are known for their shark-like tendencies in business.
Why does teamwork matter?
Read this brief excerpt from our post 5 Things You Learn When You Start a Business:
“You can’t do this alone. Sometimes, this lesson feels like a punch to the stomach. You try your absolute hardest, doing everything you know to do in the best way you know how, and still, things don’t pan out. Is it because you’re not a good business owner? No. It’s because you’re learning through real-world experience that you can’t possibly do this alone.
It takes a team that complements your weaknesses and builds on your strengths to bring your business to success.”
That’s the answer – teamwork matters because there’s no way any of us can truly succeed 100% alone.
We need the strengths of others to complement our own weaknesses. We need the freshness of others’ perspectives on our projects. We need a second or third set of eyes reviewing our content. We need the moral support that comes from knowing our teammates back us up fully.
That’s why teamwork matters.
Benefits of teamwork
Workplaces and remote teams that focus on the importance of teamwork experience several benefits related to their ability to work together.
Benefits that efficient teams who work together experience include:
- Cohesive teams get better results – A truly effective team sells more, writes more, does more
- The gear effect – Member’s complementary strengths and weaknesses lining up like gears
- Better conflict resolution – Working closely together encourages better conflict resolution
- Healthy risk-taking behavior – Working alone decreases healthy risk-taking behavior
There’s no I in team, but there is in fail. To give yourself and your business the best possible chance at success, make a commitment to banish selfishness from your strategy now. Start relying on your team more. If you don’t currently have a team, start thinking of the traits you’ll need in yours.
Check the related posts below for more ideas on building a remote team.