Valuing the Importance of Teamwork
With all of the stories of former pitching great Roy Halladay, one specifically comes to mind. This is a great example of Halladay as a person and teammate, and is a reminder of how we all should appreciate teamwork in the workplace.
In May 29, 2010, Roy Halladay became only the 20th pitcher in major league baseball to pitch a perfect game. Three months later, Halladay presented 60 Baume & Mercier watches, valued at over $3,000 each, to all of his teammates, coaches, even clubhouse attendants. Each watch was engraved with the date and individual’s name. The watches were encased in a brown box with an inscription on front:
“We did it together. Thanks, Roy.”
In everyone’s line of work, there are co-workers who have different roles and responsibilities. They all possess various strengths and weaknesses. To be successful, teams on and off the field, parley each other’s strengths to reduce their weaknesses. This is the reason why teamwork is so important. Not everyone recognizes the importance of their co-workers contributions, but the top performers do. They understand the fact they can’t succeed without the help of others. Roy Halladay understood that, which is why he presented all of his co-workers with such a token of appreciation.
While you are not in the position to spend thousands of dollars on such a lavish gift, a thank you note or email would suffice. So if this sounds like an easy concept to grasp, why is there such an overabundance of books and resources to improve teambuilding skills at work? It is because in most workplaces people get rewarded for their individual accomplishments rather than those of the team. Your role at work can change from one year to the next. Your position is attained from years of developing skills, oftentimes as the expense of somebody else’s aspirations. Everybody can aspire to become manager, or even CEO. In order to move up, employees must look for ways to showcase their talent and promote their successes. However success cannot be obtained without the help of others, and the person you help today may be the person helping you tomorrow.