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T  ogether

E  veryone

A  chieves

M  ore

Why does it make sense?

We have all had experiences when committee meetings, group projects, and teamwork have been frustrating. However, assuming that we can have effective teamwork, why should we do it? Why should we not rely on individual initiative and effort instead of the much harder group work? Teams are more effective than individuals are because...

The larger the number of people involved, the higher the pool of ideas available for decision-making and problem solving. When more ideas are around, the chance of premature closure of problem solving is reduced. Team members question each other's assumptions. They act as a check and balance against one another's idiosyncrasies. Organizations are so large that few individuals have detailed understanding of the entire process. When interdisciplinary teams are involved, more perspectives and experiences are brought to bear on the problem. Interdisciplinary teams are more aware of the nuances of the problem than any one individual in the team is. Thus, effective teams may have better judgments than an individual may.

Teamwork facilitates communication. People in the team need to discuss issues and convince one another. These communications are the prelude of what is going to come when change is implemented throughout the organization.

In essence, communication among the team members is a microcosm of what is needed for an organization-wide change. Individuals, in contrast, often know something, but do not know how they come to know it. They are not aware of their own reasoning. They just know intuitively that something is right. When it comes to explain their ideas to others and to convince them, they fall short. Because individuals do not need to communicate their ideas to themselves, the communication effort does not start early. In addition, there is not as much experience with it. As a consequence of poor communication, ideas emerging from individuals may be less likely to be implemented.

More hands on deck. Teams can do more because they have more people in them. This is an instance that more is better. Tasks can be allocated to more individuals. This is important in accomplishing tasks. It is also important in implementing the team's decision afterwards. Each team member becomes an agent for change.

Change for the better - because Together, Everyone Achieves More!