The Value of Teamwork
Building a team can be a challenge. Building an effective team can be an even bigger challenge. Many times, these challenges are why people try to do things by themselves. However, it never ceases to amaze me how much more we can accomplish as a team working together than each of us can accomplish as individuals doing our own thing.
In our veterinary practice, I have the privilege of working with a large, diverse, and talented group of individuals on a daily basis. Each person is very capable of doing what he or she does best, and everyone is very productive in their own regard – maybe even “driven to do so” in some cases. Everyone has a role and a focus area that they are engaged in each day, but when a group of these individuals come together as a team to work on a task, they generally produce a result that far exceeds the original expectation of ourselves or our clients.
Teamwork is successful for many reasons. The most obvious reason might be that “many hands make for light work”. However, utilizing a broad range of skill sets, experiences, and perspectives to create a more comprehensive result is also important. The synergistic effect that comes from working together and “feeding off of others’ ideas” fuels innovation and creativity. There is then a shared sense of ownership, responsibility, and pride that evolves and has a big impact on team success.