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The strength of the wolf is in the pack.

I have been lucky enough to work and play in some great teams. Without any shadow of a doubt the thing that made us great was our sense of team.

When we were challenged we pulled together to produced victory or excellent results.

I remember once playing for a football team that had forged a really good spirit over a number of years. Most seasons we won the league but during one particular game we just weren’t playing well. We were 2-0 down with about 10 minutes left but we kept going. Suddenly we broke through, scored a goal and everything changed. Because of our team spirit everyone on the pitch, my teammates, the opposition even the referee knew we were going to win. It was an incredible feeling of inevitability as we carried on working hard for each other, winning tackles, passing the ball and creating goal scoring opportunities time and again. The end result was 3-2 to my team.

Work wise I had a similar experience where the team were challenged to deliver some extremely challenging results. The deliverables were more individual than scoring goals on a football pitch but collectively we understood the targets, we challenged each other to stretch our thinking and supported each other to persevere. That team consistently outperformed it’s targets and other benchmarking metrics.

Both teams had brilliant individuals but the true strength of the team was the team and the social bond between us. Everyone was committed to the standards that those teams had created, we were prepared to put in the effort to maintain those standards and would call people out if they wanted to take short cuts or avoid putting in the work to keep that level of attainment.

These bonds can’t be manufactured on an away day or through some fake team building exercise. They are forged by working shoulder to shoulder with each other and going through those tough times together.

The strength of the wolf is in the pack.