When you think of a team, what comes to mind? A basketball, football or soccer team? Or simply a group of professionals working together? Have geese ever come to mind as a working team? My mother once wrote a poem about a flock of geese and simply stated, why they fly together and it reminded me of the saying, ‚??Birds of a feather, flock together.‚?Ě
Birds of a feather, flock together:
This simple poem has some very powerful advice regarding teams and teamwork:
‚?Ę¬†¬†¬† Teamwork sometimes requires an individual sacrifice.¬† Just as the geese make sure that if one of their group needs to fall back, another is with them, such should be the motto of a team. No one is left¬†¬†behind; in idea sharing, team building or assignments.
‚?Ę¬†¬†¬†¬†There is not a universal definition of a team. Teams are made up of people, animals, sub-groups, etc. The authors of the Team Approach , Dr. Steven Stowell and Stephanie Mead also contend that there are stunning parallels of the forces of teamwork , which are observable, between nature and what we see in modern organizations. They make the case that a team‚??s success is everyone‚??s responsibility.
Next time your eyes gaze upwards at the flying V in the sky, remember‚?¶all this ‚??teamwork stuff‚?Ě is not simply for the birds.