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Teamwork Is What Separates the Good From Great Companies

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Teamwork Is What Separates the Good From Great Companies

*As a team and workplace specialist, I believe teams are at the heart of every successful organization. If you think about today’s workplace, everyone is working in some form of a team whether it’s a team of two or twenty. It could be a sales team, global team, admin team, engineering team, leadership team or project team. The bottom line is that an organization thrives when teamwork is at its best.

There are plenty of books on the topic about what makes a high performing team or how to get the most of team members. This isn’t rocket science and yet, many companies struggle with how to work collaboratively and effectively together. How often have you heard people talk about being part of a team but not “feeling” like a team?

 

Over the past twenty years working with thousands of diverse teams across various industries, led me to conclude that the best teamwork is a group of people working together for the greater good of the team – meaning, that each person is willing to forgo their own ego, and make decisions that are truly in the best interest of the team vs their own best interest. This requires a heightened awareness of self and others. Furthermore, the most successful teams – think Olympic teams, like the women’s soccer team or the World Series Baseball team, each player shows up playing at their absolute best, energized, engaged and fully committed to the team goal. To anchor this thought further, Phil Jackson, considered one of the greatest coaches in NBA history said, “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” That’s a powerful statement if you stop and think about what it means. When each person shows up using their strengths, are energized and genuinely collaborating as a team, they are naturally more productive, engaged and performing at their best. Conversely, when one person doesn’t show up and perform or is unwilling to put their own interests aside for the greater good, it negatively impacts the rest of the team. We’ve all experienced this at one time or another, and in fact, we’ve all been the person who isn’t performing. No one person can make the entire team great or successful over the long term, it’s the combined expertise and efforts of every team member that enables a team and company to thrive.

 

Jessica Gaines, Business Committee for the Arts Coordinator, Americans for the Arts, shared a great example of a company who takes teamwork to a whole other level. ShoreTel, a Sunnyvale, CA-based global telecommunications vendor, organized and hosted a Battle of the Bands for its employees. They put together the bands that competed, funded music lessons to ensure they were prepared to perform, and even provided music rooms where employees could rock out at the office. Needless to say, it was a huge hit, pun intended, and cleverly integrated a form of art into the teambuilding activity. That’s thinking way outside the box.

 

If you don’t want to go that far out of the box, then at the very least, be sure your team has a clear mission and goals that each team member buys into so that they have a vested interest in the overall success of the team. Also, inject some fun activities along the way to provide opportunities for team members to build trust and stronger working relationships which makes it easier to solve future challenges.

 

Effective teamwork is good for business. Stronger relationships between team members, greater job satisfaction, energized employees and a more engaged workforce are just a few of the benefits. The accumulation of good talent is what produces great team results. When team members meet their goals, everyone wins. I’ve seen this first-hand, when team members are having fun, more aware, leverage their strengths, and are laser-focused on team results, they ultimately create a continuous positive impact. This leads to a culture of high performance, greater well-being and happy customers inside and outside the organization.

 

Companies who value teamwork understand that their organizational success is tied to how well their team members work collaboratively to achieve the overall goals. Producing excellent results and delivering value to your customers is what energizes your company culture. So, what can you do to invigorate your team?

 

*This article, written by Michelle Burke, originally appeared on Huffington Post . Link to the original article is here and appears with permission from the author.

 

Read the full story about the ShoreTel Battle of the Bands in the essay “Embrace Diversity & Team Building”.

 

Photo: Gallup’s data show teams that focus on strengths every day have 12.5% greater productivity.” - How Employees’ Strengths Make Your Company Stronger, Feb 2014 by Susan Sorenson

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Valuable and Unique Essays on Business and Arts pARTnerships

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All across the country, today’s most innovative businesses are using the arts to help them meet some of their most difficult and vital objectives. Americans for the Arts is proud to announce the complete pARTnership Movement essay series. These eight essays, with case studies that profile successful business-arts relationships, illustrate one of the 8 reasons businesses partner with the arts and are available here on The pARTnership Movement website. Click on a thumbnail above to download each essay.

 

Recruit and Retain Talent

Make your community – and your company – more attractive to current and future employees by partnering with arts organizations to create a vibrant cultural scene.

 

Put Your Company in the Spotlight

Build your market share, enhance your brand, and reach new customers by partnering with the arts to put your business in the spotlight.

 

Advance Corporate Objectives & Strategies

Use the arts to communicate important messages to customers, employees, and other stakeholders.

 

Foster Critical Thinking

Help employees stimulate the critical thinking needed to advance business goals by partnering with the arts.

 

Engage Your Employees

Use arts partnerships to inspire and engage employees so that they are able to achieve their full potential.

 

Embrace Diversity & Team Building

Facilitate the creation of a strong corporate culture that fosters creativity while providing opportunities for employees to strengthen interdepartmental relationships, exchange ideas and broaden their networks.

 

Say Thanks

Inspire your employees by providing access to arts experiences that show your appreciation for their contributions.

 

Contribute to the Economy & Quality of Life

The arts create jobs, spur urban renewal, attract new businesses, generate tourism revenue, and foster an environment that appeals to a skilled and educated workforce. By partnering with arts organizations, you can strengthen the health and vitality of our neighborhoods, cities, states, and nation.

 

 

For more information or to share your arts and business partnerships with Americans for the Arts pARTnership Movement, contact BCA Coordinator Jessica Gaines at  bca@artsusa.org.  

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"Contribute to the Economy & Quality of Life" is eighth essay in series illustrating benefits of arts and business partnerships

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Americans for the Arts is proud to announce the final installment in The pARTnership Movement essay series: Contribute to the Economy & Quality of Life.

The newest essay features case studies from Arts Brookfield and the Houston Arts Alliance. These case studies profile successful arts and business partnerships from across the nation and the benefits to those businesses by way of engaging employees, enhancing their brand, and building vibrant communities.

Each essay in this series, started in June 2015, illustrates one of The pARTnership Movement's 8 reasons businesses partner with the arts, and has been a key tool in motivating and guiding sustainable, symbiotic partnerships between businesses and the arts. To view and download this essay and the rest of The pARTnership Movement's essays, visit www.pARTnershipmovement.org/essays.

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Americans for the Arts Releases Seventh pARTnership Movement Essay: Embrace Diversity & Team Building

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Americans for the Arts is proud to announce the seventh installment in the pARTnership movement essay titled Embrace Diversity & Team Building.

 

Each essay in the series, started in June 2015, illustrates one of The pARTnership Movement’s 8 reasons businesses partner with the arts, and has been a key tool in motivating and guiding sustainable, symbiotic partnerships between businesses and the arts. This essay focuses on how you can use the arts to embrace diversity and team building with employees. The essay features case studies from Travelers in Minneapolis and ShoreTel in Sunnyvale, CA.

 

To view and download our Embrace Diversity & Team Building essay and the rest of The pARTnership Movement’s essays, visit www.partnershipmovement.org.

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