In today’s world, many of you working very hard to achieve something in your life. To do so you need a strong team around you, like a coach for an athlete, a teammate in corporate life, or a partner in business.
With a strong team and coordinated teamwork, you can achieve anything in your life.
You may feel, you can do anything without any support, that’s not true. You need to work with someone as a team to do it.
Here are 3 inspiring short stories about teamwork that illustrate its importance.
#1. Short Stories Teamwork – Football game
It was a bright sunny morning and the football ground was shining with yellow rays from the sun.
Seeing this, a group of boys nearby decided that we will play a football match. Each one of them can bring something useful to play the match. One can bring a football, another the corner flag, others the goalkeeper gloves, marking chalk, goalposts, etc.,
After some time everyone gathered on the ground and started picking the teams. Soon there was a slight argument about who will pick the team. They decided that person who had bought the most important object to play the game, will pick the team.
Time passed by and they couldn’t decide which is the most important thing.
Then they decided, will start playing the game with all the objects we have bought. And one by one will get rid of objects and see finally which is more important to play the game.
The game started, the first thing they got rid of was the whistle, because they thought the referee could shout instead of whistling. Then the goalkeeper removed his gloves and started saving the ball without the gloves. Then they replaced the goalpost with a couple of bins on each side.
And finally, they replaced football with old tin and kept playing.
While they were playing the game, a father and son were passing nearby. Seeing this, the father said to his son “Son, see the boys, and learn from the kids. Without football, they were managing to play football, even though they never going to be able to improve the game by playing with those objects”.
The boys nearby heard him saying this. And started to realize that because of their personal ego and individual pride they were not able to enjoy themselves. Also not play a proper football match even though they have all the necessary kits for playing.
At that moment all the boys decided that we will push their ego and selfishness aside and start playing the match again with proper football kits.
The match really went well, with each one of them concentrated on enjoying and improving their game.
Moral of the Story:
In our life, everyone has an individual goal which we want to achieve but what is more important is the team’s goal.
When you work as a team, it’s very important to set aside your individual pride and ego. Instead, work towards the team’s goal. In this process, you will also achieve your individual goal like improving your game, promotion in the office, learning a new process, etc.
#2. Short Stories Teamwork – Giving 100% to your team
A boy and a girl were playing together in the garden.
The boy told the girl that he has a collection of marbles. The girl told him she has some homemade sweets with her.
Hearing this, the boy told the girl that he will give her all his marbles in exchange for her sweets and the girl agreed.
The girl went and packed all the sweets she had in a box and came. Meanwhile, the boy kept some of the beautiful and bigger marbles in his home and bought the remaining marbles for her. Then both exchanged and went to their home.
That night the girl slept peacefully without any thinking. But the boy couldn’t sleep. He kept on thinking about the exchange he had with the girl. He was thinking whether the girl might have hidden some sweets like he had hidden some marbles from her.
And the whole night he was thinking the same and couldn’t sleep.
Moral of the story:
Always give 100% to your relationship like your office colleague, friendship, life partner, etc., and enjoy the relationship with them. If you don’t give that, you will always doubt whether another person has given his 100% to you. This will help you to have peace of mind.
#3. Short Stories Teamwork – Find your Balloon
Once a manager had a team of around 40 people and most of them were bright, enthusiastic, and hardworking young people.
But the manager had a problem in the team, individually everyone is excelling. But as a team, they are not sharing the information with each other which is very important for the team’s growth.
Then the manager decided to solve this issue by arranging a team outing.
During the outing, he invited everyone to a big room for a game consisting of 3 rounds. He told everyone to blow a balloon which was kept on the table and write their name on the balloon without bursting it. Hearing this all team members were able to blow a balloon and wrote their names on it.
Then he told everyone to wait outside for the next round. After some time, he calls them back to the room. After entering, team members could see there were more balloons without names being added and scattered around.
The manager told them, they will be given 15 minutes to find the balloon they left behind with their name on it, among the scattered balloons. The first three persons who find their balloons will be winners and the one who pops the balloon will be disqualified.
Everyone started searching for their balloons and after 15 minutes Manager stopped the round as no one was able to identify their balloons.
For the next round, the manager told them, if any team member finds a balloon with a name on it, give the balloon to the person whose name was on it.
Everyone started searching and within a couple of minutes, every member of the team had their balloon with their own name on it.
After that, Manager went to the dais and told, “You see, in the 2nd round no one was able to find their balloons as we were working on individual targets. But in the final round within a couple of minutes, everyone had their balloon with them, that’s the power of teamwork and sharing to each other”.
Moral of the story:
Most of the time people hide information, avoid collaboration, and distance themselves from their team members. This kind of mindset creates obstacles for the growth of the team and in the long run, it affects the individual career growth also.
So, everyone in the team should share and care for each other for the success of the team.
Now you must have realized, why it’s very important to contribute more to team success rather than focusing on individual gain. Leave your ego right now, talk and share with people, work collectively for greater ambition for the team.
Don’t expect others to start, you start now, others will follow you.
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