In a Christian community like ours, values are the principles or standards of behaviour we exhibit. Values have a major influence on our behavior and attitude; hence they serve as broad guidelines in all situations. ITEDA an acronym derived from; Integrity, Teamwork, Excellence, Discipline and Accountability, is the value by which we live in this community. As we journey along in this school year, we will revisit one of our values: Teamwork.
Steve Jobs, a co-founder of Apple Computer and an entrepreneur once said that ‘great things in business are never done by one person; they are done by a team.’
Teamwork is defined as the collaborative effort of a group to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.
These goals in our own context are our aims and objectives as a Christian College and to achieve these objectives and aims, we all have to come together as a group or a team to work in the most effective and efficient manner. Students, instructors, faculty members, non- academic staff, all of us have a role to play in achieving the goal of this great institution.
For teams to work effectively to achieve the set goals, they must make sure they follow some fundamental principles of teamwork: such as Cooperation with each other – set aside personal differences; Cooperation with each other – two is better than one; Dedicated commitment to the objectives; The team must be coordinated by a leader; The individuals must understand the meaning of the team’s existence; The team members must have competence and the communication line should be open among team members.
IMPORTANCE OF TEAMWORK
The following five reasons summarize the importance of teamwork
* Teamwork motivates unity
• Teamwork offers differing perspectives and feedback
• It provides improved efficiency and productivity
• Teamwork provides great learning opportunities
• It promotes workplace synergy
BIBLICAL EXAMPLES OF TEAMWORK
JESUS CHRIST: Jesus’ twelve-man team was marked by its diversity (Mark 3:13–18; Luke 6:12–16). One was a tax collector, several were fishermen, one was politically active and known as “the Zealot.” The Gospels recount three and a half years of intense training as the disciples spent time at Jesus’ side as He taught and ministered to people. At the midpoint of their mentorship, Jesus sent the twelve out in two-man team (Mark 6:7–13).
KING SOLOMON: Priorities and resource allocation had to be planned very carefully by Solomon so that the Temple would be built on time and to plan. In other words, coordination of all resources (both human and non-human) was critical for success (1Kings 5:13-16).
As a community we need to work together as a team. More importantly, we should have a clear understanding as to what we are working towards, that is, the goals of the team [which ultimately is to glorify God].
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