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Team Work in a business environment

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The Trust That Makes a Team Click This article features an interview between the author and Peter Loscher, the president of Siemens A. G. I selected this article so I understand the importance of teamwork from a prominent leader’s view point. The fact that Peter Loscher leads a very successful team attracted my attention, as I wanted to understand how this success is attributable to teamwork and to find out if the teamwork spirit in sports can be applied in business. The lessons learned from this article are multiple. First, I realized that trust is an underlying principle in business.

The interviewee set the record straight that business is about lining up teamwork or a leadership team and then they are directed towards meeting a common goal. I was so inspired with Loscher’s remarks that trust in teamwork ensures that the players do not only try to do their best individually, but they also try to do something to make the team better. There are also lessons I learned from Loscher regarding leading a team that is characterized by distinct cultural differences. I learned from him that, in order to successfully lead a team that espouses diverse culture, it is essential that one adapts to diverse settings and be pleased about the diversity.

It was such an inspiring article. A Penalty for Discounting Teamwork I selected this article in order to find out the consequences of disregarding teamwork in an organization. I wanted to have this knowledge round up what I know about the advantages of teamwork. I also chose this article because I liked its idea of borrowing the principles of good teamwork from soccer, which makes it very easy to understand this concept. Lencioni (2011) has taught me that the culture of teamwork is very critical in determining its success or failure.

The author likes this to a football team, whereby it is possible for a team to perform exemplary well during a certain season, only for the team to perform poorly during a subsequent season, specifically because the new recruits do not follow the footsteps of the former team. The author maintain that such a scenario can transpire squarely because the culture of the team that does well changes, hence ushering in a new culture that does not effectively focus on doing what is supposed to be done to achieve the common goal.

This has made me understand why removing a certain persons from the organization and replacing them with others can sometimes have significant impact on the team culture, and the performance of the team generally.

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