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None of us is as smart as all of us – Ken Blanchard

The concept:

Teamwork involves varied group members working in cooperation towards a shared vision. The human dynamics involved by the virtue of diversity, unique life journeys, experiences, and varied personality types make teamwork a subject of interest for a lot of management professional, consultants, and teachers. But why should you as a mom bother about this? The answer to this came to me recently when I witnessed my 11-year-old spending more than a couple of hours on a conference call with her group mates to finalize the central idea for the poster making competition in school. (Also to mention, that I was called twice in the call to intervene and make others understand her point, the request for which was put down).

This is the first time I realized that it is not just the school projects, this is the start of her life long learning of working effectively with others.

The Story:

Now as we were discussing, how the call went and what was done right and what could have been better (an HR professional once is an HR professional for life), my younger chap came in to share his pearls of wisdom with his sister). And so the example of Kung Fu Panda-2 was quoted. How the central character Po and his gang of Furious Five fought the battle against Lord Shen, an evil-hearted white peacock ruler  It was because they worked in a team that did the magic according to him. And I agreed.

Po in Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Po and his group of friends exemplify team work.

Monster University also showcases how all of them should work in a team to win the competition.

The 2005 Hollywood movie, Coach Carter is another great example. I and my daughter watched this movie last weekend. It beautifully narrates the true story of a national level basketball player Ken Carter who goes back to train his high school basketball team. The team was every bit dysfunctional. But it all changes under Coach Carter. In one particular scene when a certain player was unable to do his exercises and the Coach orders him to leave, another player offers to do the push-ups on his behalf. This was my daughter’s favorite scene in the movie.

Coach Carter
  • In a team, you need to help and support each other like the Richmond High School Oilers team.
How to help kids be a great team player?
  •  Have clarity about the team goals and the team objectives should always be the top priority for all the team members.
  • Trust others as this is the fundamental keystone of teamwork.
  • Involve them in Team Sports since there is no better way to teach teamwork. Read about the benefits of Team Sports here
  • Teach them to disagree respectfully. There will always be some members who will agree with you and some who won’t.
  • In a team, one is supposed to communicate openly, fearlessly and honestly. You need to ask questions.
  • Personal conflicts and ego clashes have no place in a team.


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vidhya Thakkar April 23, 2019 at 9:21 am

another wonderful post! loved it

Sonia Chatterjee April 23, 2019 at 12:16 pm

When the world has become so selfish, it is upto us to bring up the next generation who understands empathy, sharing and Teamwork. Very well written.

Abhijit April 23, 2019 at 1:34 pm

Team work is important to complete a complex task. Goal of the team, tactics and timeline etc should be decided. A team should be formed where every member has a specialised role and a leader. Ofcourse there will be difference in the team. But since each head of a task is an expert his word should be final.

Shubhra Rastogi April 23, 2019 at 4:11 pm

When children are taught about teamwork they also learn other aspects of life like sharing, trusting and responsibility. Great post and lovely examples.

Dr.Amrita Basu April 24, 2019 at 10:58 am

An important post for adults too.Team work can lift us far above our own heights.

zainab April 23, 2019 at 5:35 pm

Nice post 🙂

Noor Anand Chawla April 23, 2019 at 5:53 pm

Teaching our children to work and thrive in a team environment is an essential life skill. Loved your comparisons as usual!

Neha Sharma April 23, 2019 at 7:24 pm

Teamwork is an essential skill and I see today’s generation is much smarter and knows how to work in a team. I remember when I was in school and our first actual team was made for a science project, we only fought & never agreed to each other’s ideas. Haha, I don’t remember how we managed that project.

Priyanka Nair May 10, 2019 at 7:32 pm

Hi, I just nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award.

Reply May 25, 2019 at 5:13 pm

Thank you Priyanka,….I just saw this… putting up the post in next couple of days…


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