Henry Ford said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
Today we’ll focus on working together.
The ultimate partnership is marriage. Whether or not you’re married yourself, you probably understand that it involves a lot of commitment, sacrifice, and compromise. In one sense, a husband and wife are individuals; but in a larger sense, they are a team.
For a marriage to be successful, it must be not a 50/50 proposition; it must be 100% from both sides. You vow to remain together for better or worse, richer or poorer, until death parts you.
Now that is commitment.
If you’re committed to your team’s success, you’ll do everything in your power to make it happen. Your talents will become a part of the recipe that makes your team a winner, rather than a jewel you wear on your crown in a group photo.
Penn State and Notre Dame both have winning teams. Many of their best players turn pro. But while they are in college, their jerseys don’t carry their names. The reason for this is that there are no star players a team is built around. The team needs everyone to be on top of their game to be successful. If each player fills his role consistently to the best of his ability, then the team will win. And it wins because no individual’s ego will be more important than maintaining team spirit.
Winning teams win because they are united. They join together to accomplish an objective. They do that by disciplining themselves every day to do the things they need to do now to prepare them for a better performance tomorrow. That means they will know the basics very well. They will use creativity to overcome barriers that stand between them and their objectives. And they will sacrifice for the good of the team, knowing that when the team wins, they win too.
Like married couples, great teams stick together for better or worse. When one suffers, the others come to his aid. When one does well, everyone rejoices. In all circumstances, they work together and are stronger than they ever could be individually.
If you want your team to win, give all of yourself to the effort. If everyone on the team does this, you’ll define what real teamwork really is – and you’ll win in the marketplace.
What has your team done to pull together so they could win?