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TEAM = Together Everyone Achieves More!

Posted on May 07 2013 | Author: Laura Millson

It is one thing to create a team, but quite another to create teamwork.
Although there are several ways to define teamwork I prefer the French term “esprit de corps” which means “a sense of unity, of enthusiasm for common interests and responsibilities.”  It captures not only the idea of working together, but doing so in a way that everyone is inspired and supported by those around them.

“A team, it’s not just a group of individuals who work at the same location or have the same logo on their business card. A real team is made up of people who may be unequal in experience, talent or education, but who are equal in their commitment to working together to achieve the goals and good of the organization, each other and their customers.” (Or in the case of Bioenterprise our “entrepreneurs)                 ~Patricia Fripp, The Genius of Teamwork

This motivated me to focus my blog on complimenting the creative and insightful team that surround and inspire me on a daily basis here at Bioenterprise.

I have had the pleasure to contribute in various business environments where teamwork is a proven and essential part of the company’s success. In each case a team comes together when individual strengths and skills are combined focusing on a common goal or direction. It has been said that teamwork is the “glue” that keeps employees together by promoting strength, reliability and support. It is also the “oil” that allows a team to work smoothly towards targets, maintain momentum and overcome obstacles.
At Bioenterprise, we thrive to support entrepreneurs to excel as they commercialize their agri-tech innovations and take pride in the work we do providing counsel and support, guiding them towards successful beginnings and working collaboratively with them.

Through our experience ideas are better implemented with a support team in place. It should include people to help you engineer your idea, a mentor to coach you along the way and a business partner with complimentary skill sets.

I read a brilliant book we recommend to entrepreneurs “The Art of the Start”, by Guy Kawasaki. www.artofthestart.com.

Kawasaki says, “Successful companies are started and made successful by at least two, and usually more “soul mates”. After the fact, one person may be recognized as the innovator, but it always takes a team of good people to make any venture work.”

To help a team be effective here are some suggested guidelines:

  • Set and communicate goals - this gets everyone on the same page and provides a guide of what is to be done.
  • Measure progress - goals only work if the progress is measured.
  • Establish a single point of accountability - good people accept accountability; great people ask for it, so establish it a person held accountable is motivated to succeed.
  • Reward achievers - they are the ones that deliver.

But there is more -- teamwork suggests that people work in an atmosphere of mutual support and trust.   It should also foster an increasing maturity of relationship, where people are free to disagree constructively, and where both support and challenge are a part of helping teams work.

When teamwork is in place you tend to see:

  • everybody pulling their weight;
  • everyone pulling in the same direction;
  • depending on your colleagues to deliver what they said;
  • getting help when it’s needed;
  • sharing an exciting vision of the future; and
  • co-operation and blending of each others strengths.

So I think it is safe to say that teamwork is a group of people working together, creating a great spirit and working atmosphere, and supporting each other so that their strengths combine to enhance what they do. That is what I enjoy everyday!

Laura Millson
Entrepreneur Services and Office Operations Coordinator

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