Teamwork and Thanksgiving

teamworkTeamwork! This definition means quite a bit – the combined action of a group of people, especially when effective and efficient. I am sure that every Thanksgiving we get to see this in its greatest form.

When I look at how our holiday dinner events come together, it can only be from teamwork. I can see in the kitchen that there is no less than 6 or 7 people cooking items, assembling items, plating, setting the buffet, pouring milk, setting the table and so much more. Everyone just jumps in to do their part, each and every year.

Why, you might ask? I can tell you that the entire crowd in attendance is looking forward to the end result – DINNER TIME! If only the real working world would work like this. Everyone doing their part to get to the end result that makes everyone happy.

You would have happy employees, happy suppliers and most importantly happy customers. Teamwork can be infectious and done time and time again can only lead to a culture of teamwork.  A Salesforce.com statistic states that 86% of employees and executives cite lack of collaboration or ineffective communication for workplace failures. It only seems logical to focus on teamwork to improve a multitude of things.

Next time you are trying to explain improving teamwork in your organization just look to that Thanksgiving dinner as the reference point.