Two Heads Are Better Than One.

“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” ― Phil Jackson

Coming together is a beginning, Keeping together is a progress, Working together is a success - Henry Ford
Coming together is a beginning, Keeping together is a progress, Working together is a success – Henry Ford

Now I know what it means when some one recommends that a task be accomplished by a group of people other than an individual. I got it by watching others and through experiencing it myself. Believe me or not there are many a mistake made if one establishes a task and completes it solely as compared to one accomplished by a number of people.  Within a group of people is a series of talents, gifts and a key to unlock all potential abilities in that individual.

For a team to succeed, it doesn’t just occur randomly; it has requirements or attributes that go along with it.  A team has to bear commitment to team success and shared goals, Interdependence, Open Communication and positive feedback, as well as commitment to team processes, leadership and accountability.

There are important things that the group or team has to accomplish in order to prove effective. First of all, individuals have to come up with a common task or goal that they are trying achieve. Once this is satisfied and group members are aware and agree on the common goal or task, there should be further effort put in to develop and nurture the group as it evolves. This effort should assert that there is an integration of values, goals, attitudes and actions among the members of the team. And at the end of the day, whatever the team has achieved should be in the interest of the whole team.

It is important to note that the more people who work on a project, the more ideas, talents, skills, and manpower applied to complete the project.  The diversity of the workers’ skills enhances the project outcome and the manpower provides the ability for the project to be completed in a faster rate of time. Therefore whenever you think of a task that may need to be accomplished effectively, look at the possibilities of achieving your target through a team. It doesn’t matter the number of people composing the team, but if its more than one person, the more successful the task is likely to be.


Rotary Voices

The above video shows images from Danae Cooney’s service project trips to Fiji and to Cambodia with Habitat for Humanity.

By Danae Cooney, a Rotary scholar and former Interactor from Hamilton, New Zealand

Sometimes all it takes is one; one person willing to open a door, offer an opportunity and lead another.

In August 2011, I was 16 years old. I was given the opportunity to participate in a Rotary service project in Fiji. I traveled with a team of Rotarians, including my stepfather, to a small, remote village in Fiji called Saqani, where we refurbished a rotting, unusable preschool.

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