Jan 18, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Just a few weeks ago, a blaze swept through a Zinc Mine in New Market, Tennessee, trapping three miners.  Thanks to the amazing efforts from the Volunteer Fire Department, the trio was rescued.  This required teamwork.
For most of us, teamwork is a part of everyday life, whether it’s at home, in the community, or at work.  As such, we are often expected to be a functional part of a performing team.
When you work in a team-oriented environment, everyone contributes to the overall success of the organization.  Although you each have a specific job, you are unified with the other members on your team to accomplish the overall objectives.  
As a supervisor or manager, make sure your expectations are clear when setting goals.  Communicating to each person what is expected of them and making sure they are accountable for that is essential for a successful team. They need to be committed if the team mission is to be accomplished.  
Encouraging the participation of each member for a collective effort is vital to achieve the goals that have been set. Respecting the ideas of each member is also essential.  
Good listening skills should be incorporated, as it is useful to hear and discuss ideas, views, suggestions and conceptions of each team member.
It is a widely understood concept that: “United we stand, divided we fall.”  The same can be said in the business world.  There are some tasks that cannot be done individually, but can be easily accomplished by working as a team.
Teamwork is not only used in the corporate world to achieve targets on time, but also in the world of sports.  If a team works collectively, no one can stop it from reaching its goal.  Effective teamwork is very significant for any company or business to reach its potential.  
“One piece of log creates a small fire, adequate to warm you up, add just a few more pieces to blast an immense bonfire, large enough to warm up your entire circle of friends; needless to say that individuality counts, but team work dynamites.”

Jin Kwon