Think back on some of the most intense, rewarding moments of your life and career. Remember some of the successes and the times you helped push the organization forward or contributed to the success of an initiative, event or community project. Did you do it alone? Probably not. Many times, the most satisfying achievements in our lives are the result of participating in a group that rolled up its sleeves and attained a common goal. The project succeeds thanks to the power of collaboration.

For me, that’s the essence of teamwork: Enabling a group of individuals to collectively contribute their own personal strengths to attain a larger goal. I’m not alone. According to a report by Deloitte, collaborative workers complete tasks 15% more quickly than workers “flying solo.” In addition, 56% of workers are more satisfied with their jobs and 73% produce an improved work product when they collaborate, the study says. However, some teams succeed where others fail and the differentiator seems to be their ability to work together to harness collective brain power to solve a broader problem.

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