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Team unity – Teamwork story

Want better team unity? Use this teamwork story to start.

Team unity is critical to team success. If team members are not working together, obviously they will be much less successful.

When team members are working together there is strength. I love the following teamwork story that demonstrates the advantages of each team member getting along.

A father had a family of sons. Unfortunately they weren’t very nice to each other. There was constant quarreling and bickering.

No matter what this Father said to his sons, it didn’t do any good. As a result he thought long and hard about what he could say. He wanted to provide them some type of lesson that would help them realize the impact that their constant quarreling would ultimately have.

One day the quarreling became more aggressive and even violent. The father broke it up and sent each son to a different corner of the yard.

It was at that point that this wise Father came up with a lesson. He sent one of the sons to bring him a bundle of sticks.

He tied the bundle of sticks and asked each son to take turns in trying to break them. Each of them tried very hard, but couldn’t come close to snapping the bundle.

The father then untied the bundle and gave each son one stick and asked them to break it now. They did so easily.

He then said: “My sons, do you not see how if you help each other and work with each other, it will be impossible for your enemies to injure you? But if you continue to be divided amongst yourselves you won’t be any stronger than a single-stick in that bundle.”

Moral

Team unity is critical.

The more trust team members have of each other the better they will trust other team members intentions. Getting a team to a point in which they trust each other is difficult, but possible.

Without team trust you get unhealthy and personal conflict. With team trust, you get health and productive conflict that is focused on the issues.

What are you doing to build trust on your teams?

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  • http://wilrickards.wordpress.com wil rickards

    The story is beautifully told in the Straight Story – A David Lynch movie unlike any other and one of my favorite movies. Here is a link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_11b3uNZvkA
    I have been enjoying the blog Mike.

  • http://www.openthemeeting.com Mike Rogers

    Thanks for sharing the link. I watched it. I have never seen the movie, but plan on getting it.
    I am glad you are enjoying the blog Wil. Thank you.
    Mike

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I have led, trained and consulted in business with hundreds of individuals and teams on leadership and team concepts. My greatest satisfaction in life is seeing others succeed. I am currently the owner of "Teamwork and Leadership Bloggings with Michael Rogers" and OpenTheMeeting.com.

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