There are few things that can unite humans around the world like sports. The World Cup, Super Bowl, and Olympics are some of mankind’s most celebrated and watched events. This isn’t a new phenomenon, and one only needs to look at the history of the Olympics for evidence.
The reasons that we unite behind sports are copious, but I’ll focus on my favorite: teamwork.
“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” -Andrew Carnegie
Unequivocally, the most successful teams demonstrate the highest level of teamwork. Time and time again, championships are won by teams whose collective vision and unity exceed their individual talents. But don’t take it from me. The greatest basketball player of all time and six time world champion Michael Jordan once said:
“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”
Do championships only apply to sports, or can we relate these same principles more widely to our daily lives? The most successful organizations that span from sports, science, technology, charity & business embrace cultures that revolve around strong teams.
team·work noun \ˈtēm-ˌwərk\: work done by several associates with each doing a part but all subordinating personal prominence to the efficiency of the whole
Great teamwork HAS TO start with a great team. Along with CoFoundersLab, we recently made a video, which talks about how we formed ours.
To read the full piece on the CoFoundersLab blog, click here.
Next week, I’ll tell you how some of today’s most innovative and successful companies use team-building strategies to accomplish their big goals. Subscribe up at the top right corner so you’re sure not to miss it!