13 September 21

“I” and “Me” Have No Place in Teamwork


A quote by Michael Jordan reflects the importance of teamwork. Whether a school, university, association, organization, or corporate, teamwork is an important buzzword that holds the magic to turn dreams into realities.

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.”

Now, getting to understand what does teamwork means? By definition, it is simply a means of collaborating efforts, skills, and learnings of different people in a group to complete one common goal. Go deeper into the concept, and you will come to realize that it is more than just collaboration. It is all about ignoring the ‘I’ and ‘Me’; it is about embracing the ‘We’ and ‘Us’.

Look around you, and there are many live examples of how teamwork can help you win championships. Think about cricket, football, hockey, or any other sport; when on the ground, all players leave their differences behind to avoid any friction. The only goal they share is to win the game.

Furthermore, think about the architectural marvels of India, including the Taj Mahal in Agra, Sun Temple in Konark, and Lotus Temple in Delhi. Are these all the splendour of one single person? No! These monuments reveal the stories of many architects, higher authorities, and even labourers working harmoniously with each other to create these stunning architectures.

Then, how can we forget the Indian Arm Forces? Army, Navy, or Air Force – individuality is zero when the entire force is at the border. The only goal they strive to achieve is to protect the country despite many downfalls they experience at individual levels.

Perhaps, that’s what the idiom means, ‘There is no ‘I’ in teamwork’. In the literal sense, you spell the word, and indeed there is no ‘I’ in the spelling of teamwork. Symbolically, you should not be individualistic. You should instead work together to introduce innovations while boosting business growth to new heights.

In the way of inspiring and achieving teamwork at the workplace, it is important to follow the 3C Approach:

  • Collaboration: Collaborating the strengths, weaknesses, skills, and learnings of each team member becomes important to accomplish shared business objectives. This throws a reflection on the quote by Henry Ford, “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
  • Compromise: The proverb “A boat doesn’t go forward if each one is rowing their own way” is the best example of understanding the importance of compromise in teamwork. There are moments when compromises become a necessity. With different viewpoints and understandings, it is acceptable to drive differences and disagreements. But then should stay open to listen, understand, and consider each other’s ideas to come up with what’s the best finally.
  • Cooperation:  What can throw a better insight into the concept of cooperation in the workplace culture than the quote by Ralph Chavell, “It is through cooperation, rather than conflict, that your greatest successes will be derived”? 

That’s the beauty of teamwork. And the same defines the philosophy of mindZcloud with no ‘I’ at mindZcloud. We look at all our employees as ‘One Team’ where equal value, weightage, and honour are given to each individual. We provide them with freedom of thoughts, speech, and space in a warm, compassionate working environment.