(cooperative or coordinated effort on the part of a group of persons acting together in the interests of a common cause)
I have heard it said that it takes a village to raise a child. The Traditional Martial Arts is heavily based upon this philosophy, in that it takes a Dojo to make a Black Belt. However you look at it, this is teamwork.
Teamwork is the coming together of a group of individuals, to accomplish a common goal, resulting in a force that is greater than the sum of its’ parts. Throughout history the greatest advancements made by any civilization were the result of teamwork. It took a team to put a man on the moon, build the great pyramids, and the Roman Coliseum, these were all tasks far too complicated for any individual.
Teamwork synchronizes the efforts of the many into a cohesive force that moves together as one. This in turn gives the group and the individual the ability to accomplish goals that could never be attained otherwise. As a part of a team we are a reflection of the group as much as the group is a reflection of us.
“In teamwork the success of one is the success of all, the hurt of one is the hurt of all, and the honor of one is the honor of all.” B.K. Cyr
“Researchers studied 34 students at the University of Virginia, taking them to the base of a steep hill and fitting them with a weighted backpack. They were then asked to estimate the steepness of the hill. Some participants stood next to friends during the exercise, while others were alone. The students who stood with friends gave lower estimates of the steepness of the hill. And the longer the friends had known each other, the less steep the hill appeared.”
Tara Parker Hope
“When you’re part of a team, you stand up for your teammates. Your loyalty is to them. You protect them through good and bad, because they’d do the same for you.”