A very short story on teamwork will benefit students and employees alike, regardless of their age or the kind of business they work in.
The purpose of this very short story on teamwork is to help you understand what your team members want from you so that you can be more successful and productive at work while also getting along better with your coworkers.
A Moral Story: A Very Short Story on Teamwork
If you’re not sure how to do this, it may help to remember the moral of this very short story on teamwork—because it’s true!
The story of two men
The two men had been working together for years. They were the best of friends and knew everything about each other. One day, they got into an argument and one of the men left.
The other man was so angry that he vowed never to speak to his friend again. But, eventually, he realized that he missed his friend and regretted what he had done. He went to apologize, but his friend was gone.
The story of a volunteer and an athlete
A young woman who was a star athlete in college and is now a professional was once asked to give a motivational speech to a group of high school students. She began by telling them a short story about teamwork. When she was in college, she volunteered for a local non-profit organization that helped low-income families. She was assigned to work with a team of other volunteers to help with event planning and execution.
The team worked together well and accomplished their goals. However, the young woman soon realized that her teammates were not working together as effectively as they could have been. They were not communicating properly and were not supporting each other. As a result, the team began to fail and the young woman became frustrated.
The story of a boy in need of help
I was walking home from school one day when I saw a group of boys playing football in the park. One of them had the ball and was about to score a goal, but then he slipped and fell. The other boys started laughing at him, but then one of them ran over and helped him up. He said, Thanks, man. I appreciate it. The boy who helped him replied, No problem. That’s what teamwork is all about.
The story of a volunteer and two friends
The moral of this story is that teamwork makes the dream work. The value of teamwork was instilled in me at a young age by my parents. My father used to say, There’s no ‘I’ in the team. What he meant was that we are all in this together and we all have to work together to make things happen.
And my mother would say, It takes two to tango. In other words, we need each other to be successful. I remember one time when I was in high school, I was on the track team. We had just won our first meet and we were all so excited.
The story that leadership means making sacrifices, not taking them
A young woman was trying to explain the concept of leadership to her little brother. She said that when you’re a leader, you have to be willing to make sacrifices for the people you’re leading. You can’t just take what you want; you have to give up things, too.
The little boy thought about this for a minute. Then he asked, But what if I don’t want to make any sacrifices? What if I just want to take what I want?
The young woman smiled and said, That’s not leadership; that’s selfishness.