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July 29, 2013

The Power of Teams (Part 1)

Posted 4 years 116 days ago by Sheila Ellian Lewis

You’ve probably never heard of Charles Batcheldor, John Kreusi, Ludwig Boehm or Francis Upton, but it was their teamwork under the great Thomas Edison that led to an astonishing stream of breakthrough technologies and products including the phonograph and the light bulb.

Likewise, it’s hard to imagine that Steve Jobs could have built Apple to its current success without those early days alongside the four man research team that came up with the original Macintosh computer, a turning point in the history of personal computing.

It was also a long-standing team that came up with MasterCard’s successful “Priceless” campaign, a close knit team who turned around an ailing Lockheed Martin in the 1940’s, and teams who conquered Everest in 1952 and landed on the moon in 1969.

Allowing Teamwork to Develop

There’s no doubt that when teams work, they have the power to create amazing change and progress. However, putting together that successful team can be as much an art as a science. It’s not just a question of gathering a small group of smart people together. You have to blend personalities as well as expertise, temper leadership with the ability to get things done, and foster an environment where people feel comfortable and supported in challenging the norms.

In the end, you can’t force great teamwork, you can only use your skill and judgment to bring the right people together and create the conditions where teamwork can blossom and that indefinable spark can be ignited.

How to select the right team and provide it with just the right conditions to grow has always fascinated us, and now we’re putting our expertise at team building into action as we create teams for Ashton212's clients

Let us know what challenges or successes you’ve had in building teams and what you think is the most important ingredient for growing a great team. 

Tags: "teams consulting" team team building

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