The world stops for a few things. Videos go viral sometimes for strange reasons. And while we can’t sometimes understand why, others can be easily interpreted as simple acts that appeal to the human nature in some way. An example of such is the story of the Team Peak Performance that took on a stray dog after following them determinedly on their Amazon race.

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Some may say that teams are the only way to work and they account for the vast amount of work done in companies. Being in a team and performing within a team, are two very different things. Simply put, teams perform together. They are there to help push you through situations that normally would make you pack it in and call it a day.

Why is teamwork important? And what does a stray dog have to do with it?

Simple, the stray dog followed a pack. And it’s the pack element that makes teamwork interesting. A pack works together to travel together, to hunt together, to sleep together, basically to do everything needed to function normally is done together because the synergy of the whole is better than the individual part working solo.

Teams working together do the following:

They create synergy – where the sum is greater than the parts. Perhaps the most significant impact a team can have is the ability to achieve more together, than if each member worked individually. It’s in the combination of skills and expertise, when the skills of one member compensates for another’s weaknesses, that’s when teamwork really works.

They support each other – a more empowered way of working. It takes away the constraints which may stop someone from doing their job properly. Teams are responsible as a whole, and often this positive peer pressure encourages people to take on responsibility.

They promote flatter and leaner structures – with less hierarchy. Teams have the ability of fixing problems and making decisions together. When they work well they can be self-managed. Teams can interact with others in an organisation reducing the hierarchy.

They encourage multi-disciplinary work – where teams cut across organisational divides. Teams value the different skills and expertise of their members and can combine those skills in different ways to meet changing needs. When people have developed good teamworking skills (they know how to work well in a team), they can use those skills to work well with other teams in the organisation.

When teams work well together they need to have an organizational structure behind their work. Apps today support teams and give them the performance enhancement they need to tie their team efforts together and create what can be the most beautiful synergy known to man. So get stuck in it and see what effortless productivity you can get from using a team and project management system to get your teams working together as packs.