Once upon a time there was an enterprising businessman who had a fantastic idea. He thought he had figured out a way to build the perfect automobile.
He hired a team of young engineers and told them to buy one of every model car in the world and dismantle them, picking out the best part of every car and placing it in a special room. Soon the room was filled with parts judged by the group to be the best engineered in the world — the best carburetor, the best brakes, the best steering wheel, transmission and so on. It was an impressive collection — more than 5,000 parts in all.
Then he had all the parts assembled into one automobile. There was only one problem. The car would not function — the parts would not work together.
The moral of the story: you can have a team of superior individualistic “all stars” but they are no match for a group of people with a common objective and harmony.
My definition of teamwork is a collection of diverse individuals who respect each other and are committed to each other’s successes.