My husband, Dave, and I spent time in the Napa Valley in early October. We visited a winery called Robert Biale and while tasting delicious Zinfandel, had the opportunity to watch real teamwork in action!
We were there during the harvesting of the grapes. Rain was on the way, so it was critical to process as many ripe grapes as possible in a very short time. The team was working 16 hour days and processing 15-20 tons of grapes each day!
As we watched the team at work, it was like watching a well-oiled machine. I found it easy to see at least four keys to their success:
1) Do what has to be done -- There was no choice -- the grapes needed to be processed properly and they were all focused on getting it done.
2) Flex on roles -- When one area got ahead and another behind, individuals smoothly shifted jobs until the process demanded they shift back again.
3) Give maximum effort -- These people were working hard!
4) Have fun -- Even with the grueling work, there were moments of smiling and laughter!
How is your teamwork? Would focus in these key areas make a difference in your success?