Teamwork: Ongoing Regard for Others and the Greater Good
Most people believe that when every element of a system performs at its best, the system performs at its best. This is not necessarily so.
The key is to harmonize the parts and their work together for the greater good.
Imagine your body. Let’s say a specific gland decides to pump out three times the testosterone your body needs, just because it can. How would you feel? What would it be like if the liver decided to do its cleaning during the day instead of while you sleep? It would pull several gallons of blood from the rest of your body, leaving your brain depleted of oxygen and nutrients when you most need your thinking capacity. When your body is out of balance (or harmony), it becomes counterproductive.
Organizations are no different from the body. Under economic pressures or when extreme circumstances push people beyond capacity, each person tends to revert back to practices that ensure his or her own well-being, safety and survival. When people become stressed they are typically blind to the impact their way of being or acting has on others, including the situations they find themselves in. In their blindness they often fail to see the need to learn a new way of responding to crisis, one that is coming from a more conscious place of choosing how to respond, rather than just react.
The key to optimizing and harmonizing performance is moving the organization through stages from: