Teamwork without boundaries

My friend and colleague Dr. Ralph Kilmann, author of Quantum Organizations and The Courageous Mosaic among other texts, says that the greatest human invention is the organization. It’s the tool for getting meaningful things accomplished. Translating Dr. Kilmann’s belief into my own vocabulary, I agree with him: Teamwork is the greatest human invention. I will add that teamwork is more than an invention. It’s an innate feature of life, from birds flying in a V to trees supporting one another. What’s more, for humans, teamwork is a choice and a source of inspiration for millennia.

· “Where two or more are gathered in my name, I am there.” The Gospel of Matthew 18:20, pointing out that when inspired people gather in service of something greater than themselves, there is Team.

· “The work of caring for the world is not yours to finish; neither are you free to take no part in it.” Rabbi Tarfon, Pirke Avot 2:21, signifying that we are teammates whether we know it or not.

· “Hold firmly all together the rope which God has stretched out for you and be not divided among yourselves.” From Islam’s holy book The Quran.

· “A major revolution to be won in the immediate future will come when we awake from the illusion that our welfare can be separate from that of all others.” Saul Alinsky, author Rules for Radicals.

· “For millions of years, mankind lived just like animals. Then something happened . . . We learned to talk and we learned to listen . . . enabling humans being to work together to build the impossible.” Stephen Hawking.

Here’s my favorite fable that displays the effectiveness of teamwork. [Think of the old rabbi as the coach of team.]

Examples are endless. Look for them and choose to be inspired.

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