I have been thinking about teamwork quite a bit lately. A few months ago i was asked to join an inter-disciplinary team. The team is made up of members from a wide variety of areas–Technical Services, Research and Development, Manufacturing, Quality, and many others. The team size fluctuated throughout the project as areas of expertise were added and subtracted as needed.
It was a very professionally satisfying experience. The knowledge I gained, the relationships I built with other members of the team, helped minimize the challenge in our area of focus, but have also opened me up to a greater understanding of our company’s capabilities and expertise. Along the way I learned quite a bit myself and am reminded of the tremendous value and potential value that exists in a collaborative team.
On a recent family trip to St. Louis, I came across a sculpture that I felt highlighted the value of teamwork. Small figurines support a plexiglass piece that can support the weight of five adults. I thought the theme for the figurines was an excellent choice by the artist, and make the piece present very powerfully.
“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” –Andrew Carnegie
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