Real Life Examples Of Successful Teamwork [9 Cases] · Activecollab Blog (2023)

Instead of retelling the same old stories about best teamwork practices from companies such as Google, Chevron, or Southwest airlines (which don’t really help when you have a small-to-medium team), we decided to find real-life examples of successful teamwork.

We asked everyday entrepreneurs, CEOs, and HR managers one simple question:

How did you improve teamwork in your organization?

Here are the best 9 examples we came across.

3-step onboarding

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Developing teamwork should start as soon as the new employee walks through the door. According to Lauren McAdams, career advisor and hiring manager at ResumeCompanion.com, the most successful method for creating excellent intra-team relations was instilling a sense of teamwork early on in the onboarding process.

”While we do experiment with different team-building measures, there are three that have become common practice:
First, during onboarding, we have new employees shadow an experienced “coach” who is tasked with helping their integration into the team. After the initial phase, we assign the new employees to shadow other people so they get to have more than one “coach”.
Next, when we begin a new project, I personally assign mini-teams to handle those projects. These smaller units are often comprised, in part, of employees who haven't had a chance to work together. This way, new hires get an opportunity to work and develop relationships with everyone they collaborate with.
And finally, leadership rotates on these projects so different people have a chance to test their leadership skills. Also, since project teams always have different people on them, everyone in the company gets to know each other at some point by working together. This level of exposure and collaboration resulted in very strong teamwork at our company.”

Role switching

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Some organizations encourage their employees to walk a mile in someone else's shoes. Lee Fisher, an HR manager at Blinds Direct, says that successful teamwork should be based on solidarity, respect, communication, and mutual understanding. With that in mind, his company has been organizing a series of team-building events over the years.

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“Our most unconventional event to date was the 'Role Switch'. It was launched across our web and marketing department. In the event, each team member switches roles with a colleague. Usually, team members work together closely but they don’t really understand the complexities of other person’s role.
Spending a day in your colleague’s shoes highlights their efforts, which brings more understanding and respect for one another. The 'Role Switch' was a huge success: it brought the team closer together and made people more considerate of other's workloads and requirements.”

Cross-training

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Sharing experience with your peers is important, but recognizing where they can best help you improve is even more important. According to Steven Benson, founder, and CEO of Badger Maps, his company has benefited from one self-initiated cross-training session which resulted in an increase in both teamwork and productivity.

”An example of successful teamwork at our company was when the customer relation department put together an initiative of cross-training and specializing team members for different roles. After deciding who will focus on what, the group sat down and taught one another what they would need to become the expert in their respective area.
Because people were cross-trained, they had a broader set of skills they could use to handle customer interaction - which resulted in fewer hand-offs. This not only enhanced teamwork and productivity, but also improved customer satisfaction. Everyone worked as a team and covered for one another, which made everything move smoothly and quickly."

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Scheduled breaks and self-reflection

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Publicly reflecting on achievements increases everyone’s morale. Bryan Koontz, CEO of Guidefitter, considers teamwork to be more than just brainstorming ideas or helping a colleague on a project - it’s about fostering a culture of trust and respect.

“A few ways we cultivate an environment of trust and respect is through meetings, or rather "breaks", that don't necessarily focus on work. By scheduling “break” times in our calendars, we allow our employees to talk, relax, and discuss the ins-and-outs of their days.
We also strengthen our teams through brief weekly meetings with the entire office: each Wednesday morning we huddle up to recap the past week, with each employee sharing one professional and one personal "win". This encourages everyone to pause for self-reflection on their achievements, often serving as motivation to their peers while forging a bond among our team members.”

Team traditions

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Members of jelled teamshave a strong sense of identity and often share traditions like getting together for a drink after work. According to Katerina Trajchevska co-founder and CEO of Adeva, establishing team traditions is the foundation upon which teamwork is built.

“Rather than using one particular method for strengthening our team, we focus on creating an environment that fosters team spirit and communication. We organize after hours drinks and hangouts, and develop a culture that encourages everyone to speak up and take part in the big decisions for the company.
Team traditions can do wonders, no matter how trivial they seem: we have a team lunch every Friday, celebrate birthdays and other important dates, and celebrate one of our national holidays together. All of this has contributed to a more cohesive and a close-knit team.”

Unconventional business meetings

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Some companies use their business meetings to improve teamwork within the organization by making them fun and laid-back. James Lloyd-Townshend, CEO of Frank Recruitment Groupbelieves that bringing teams together in an informal environment improves teamwork, strengthens bonds, and bolsters morale - which is why he decided to spice up the company’s monthly meetings.

”One unusual method we’ve introduced is “First Thursdays”: we start off our monthly business meetings with a business review, promotions, and awards - and then move on to an open bar event.
Apart from “First Thursdays,” we also have “Lunch Club”: another monthly event where employees enjoy an all-expense-paid afternoon to celebrate their success and enjoy fine dining and have fun with their colleagues.
However, the most popular team building method we employ is our incentivised weekends away. Our top-performing consultants get the chance to travel to major cities such as London, New York, and Miami as the rewards for their hard work.”

Peer recommendations

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Some companies are building teamwork through peer recognition. Jacob Dayan, a partner, and co-founder of Community Tax said that encouraging employees to be active participants in recognizing their peers has proven to be quite a powerful motivational tool.

”I ask employees to share or report instances when someone on their or another team has been particularly helpful or has gone above and beyond their call of duty. After we thank the contributing employee for their input, we make sure the employee being acknowledged knows the source of information. Having employees “nominate” their peers for recognition has the additional bonus of bringing them closer together and building camaraderie with long-term productivity benefits.”

However, Mr. Dayan is well aware that peer reports and nominations can be driven by personal feelings (positive as well as negative), and can give an unrealistic representation of certain employee's contribution.

”Personal relationships, both close and less so, are an important consideration when pursuing this approach, which is why we do not hand out recognition without validating the worthiness of the employee's contribution. We ask the appropriate manager to review the submission and keep an eye on it over time, just to make sure there are no dubious activities.”

Conflict resolving

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Successful teamwork happens when members of a group trust each other, are comfortable expressing themselves, and deal effectively with conflict, according to Laura MacLeod, a licensed social worker specialized in group work, an HR consultant, and a mastermind behind “From the inside out project”.

”Many companies think that team building is about company picnics, happy hours, and other fun events. These things are fine, but they don't address the real issues people face when they have to work together. Going out for a drink with someone you can't get along with will be just as uncomfortable and awkward as trying to finish a project with that person - the only difference is having alcohol as a buffer.”

According to Laura, certain team-building exercises can help individuals overcome both intragroup and personal conflicts.

“Choose simple activities that help build cohesion and trust amongst team members. For example, you can use “Pantomime in a circle” exercise: without using words, pass an imaginary object (a bucket of water or a ball) around the circle; the point of the exercise is for group members to rely on each other to complete the activity.
When it comes to personal misunderstandings, you might want to choose an activity where you are actually allowed to yell at a person. So, pair off people and have them repeat opposing sentences (such as it’s hot/it’s cold) back and forth - going from soft to very loud. This will allow people to get out strong emotions in a non-threatening way, and blow off some steam in the process.”

"Spotless" team-building exercise

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Dmitri Kara, a tenancy expert at Fantastic Cleaners, shared with us a team-building exercise his team uses to increase cooperation and efficiency.

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”Everybody in the office has to simultaneously perform a 2-to-5-minute cleaning routine (like wipe their desk, keyboard, monitor, shelves). But there’s a catch: the tools are limited. For example, make everybody wipe the dust off their desks at the same time but provide only 2 sprayers and 1 roll of paper towel (if your team has 10 members)-. Scarcity will encourage people to share and help each other.”

Besides providing obvious benefits (like a cleaner working environment), Dmitri says this team building activity boosts organization, improves long-term productivity, and develops a sense of morale, discipline, and shared responsibility. He even shares how the exercise came into being:

”At first it was not really a dedicated exercise. The first time we did it all together, it was because of a video shoot. But since it felt good, a few days later somebody said, "let's do that again". And that's where the whole thing came to be.”

FAQs

What is an example of successful teamwork? ›

Listening: An example of successful teamwork is effective active listening skills. Maintaining eye contact when others are talking, having open and friendly body language, and responding appropriately to the questions and comments of others establishes a professional work environment and shows good teamwork.

What are 5 good teamwork examples? ›

Examples of Teamwork Skills

Working well and developing effective relationships with diverse personalities. Developing and maintaining good relationships with co-workers and managers. Maintaining open lines of communication with others. Observing and coaching other employees.

How can teamwork be used in real life? ›

Research shows that collaborative problem solving leads to better outcomes. People are more likely to take calculated risks that lead to innovation if they have the support of a team behind them. Working in a team encourages personal growth, increases job satisfaction, and reduces stress.

Can you give me an example of teamwork experience? ›

Example: “I worked on a textbook sales team during a slow summer season. I scheduled brainstorming meetings where our group could come together to find innovative solutions and new sales tactics. We took the time to listen to everyone's ideas, and by the end of the summer, we had exceeded our sales goals by 20%.”

What is teamwork explain with example? ›

Teamwork happens when people work together toward a common goal. That goal could be professional or personal. You can work as a team to move a couch up a flight of stairs, launch a work project, or play soccer. Defining teamwork is simple, but understanding how to work well as a team can be complicated.

What are some good examples of teams? ›

Today we're taking a look at five examples of teamwork.
  • Apollo 11. In 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon, a momentous achievement in human history, which is yet to be surpassed. ...
  • The Black Mambas. ...
  • The Roman Army. ...
  • The Ford Motor Company. ...
  • Geese.
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What are examples of teamwork in school? ›

Debates, working as a team to argue for or against a particular issue. Putting on a school play or a class assembly. Circle time, where every child is given equal opportunity to speak. School forums, where elected child reps meet with staff members to discuss issues that are affecting their class.

What are 7 elements of teamwork? ›

Communication
  • Commitment.
  • Respect.
  • Accountability.
  • Delegation.
  • Support.
  • Plans.

Can you share an example of effective teamwork that you've experienced? ›

Example Answer

I sat down with them and listened to their concerns, and together we came up with a way for them to feel they had more input in the project. By helping them feel listened to, I helped our team complete the project successfully and on time.

What is a good example of teamwork for an interview? ›

Being a member of a sports team or having a role within a society are valid examples of teamwork.

Where do you see teamwork in your daily life? ›

Examples of Teamwork: Collaborate with Teammates

Collaboration in the workplace depends on communication. Teams are most effective when there are open dialogue and discussion. Coming from different walks of life, every team member plays to their strengths. The emotional intelligence of every contributor will differ.

What activity is an example of collaboration? ›

Collaborative activities are any activities where learners are working co-operatively in pairs or groups. For example: Pair or group discussions. Completing shared tasks in a pair or group, e.g. matching, sorting, ranking.

What is the biggest collaboration in the world? ›

The One Million Masterpiece (abbreviated OMM) is the largest artistic collaboration ever attempted. It is an ongoing project to produce a true piece of global artwork. As of October 16, 2007, 26,582 artists from 174 countries have participated, with $19,348.57 raised for charities worldwide.

Are you a team player give me an example of teamwork? ›

Example 2. "I have served as both a team leader and a team contributor, so I'm extremely comfortable working in a team environment. Regardless of the role I'm put in, I utilize my reliability, communication skills, positive attitude and outgoing personality so that I can become a key contributor."

What is teamwork simple answer? ›

In its simplest form, teamwork occurs when a group of people work together to successfully complete a task. More broadly, it also relates to the cohesiveness of a team, their ability to create a positive working atmosphere and how they recognise the strengths and skills that each team member brings.

What are 3 things that make a team successful? ›

Having mutual respect, common and aligned goals, open communication, and patience can all help make for a successful team.

Can you give examples of teamwork among children? ›

Great examples include team sports, Scouts, chess club, yearbook committee, volunteer work, or dance class. There are various games and activities that build teamwork in a group environment, but the trick is keeping the activities both fun and discreet.

Which is an example of team collaboration? ›

Some applicable examples of collaboration in the workplace include brainstorming, group discussions, reaching a consensus about processes or analyzing problems, and finding solutions.

How can you apply teamwork as a student? ›

Here are some tips:
  1. Call them teams, not groups. A group consists of people who coordinate their individual efforts. ...
  2. Nurture team relationships from the start. ...
  3. Provide opportunities for teams to reflect on their dynamics and decide on ways to improve. ...
  4. Require teams to set expectations for their own behavior.
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What is the golden rule of teamwork? ›

Lead by Example. One of the most important of the golden rules of effective team management is to lead your team by example. Your team will mimic your work ethic and values. If you're showing up late for work, your team will also be more likely to be late.

What are the top 8 qualities of a successful team? ›

Here are a few qualities that a successful team possesses.
  • 1) They communicate well with each other. ...
  • 2) They focus on goals and results. ...
  • 3) Everyone contributes their fair share. ...
  • 4) They offer each other support. ...
  • 5) Team members are diverse. ...
  • 6) Good leadership. ...
  • 7) They're organized. ...
  • 8) They have fun.

What are the 4 elements of a successful team? ›

4 Essential Characteristics of a Successful Team
  • Strong Leadership. ...
  • Common Goals. ...
  • Diversity. ...
  • Trust.
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How do you answer teamwork examples? ›

Use the STAR technique.

A good strategy in answering questions about teamwork is to use the STAR interview response technique where you describe a work situation involving teamwork, explain the team's task and mission, recount the actions you took, and explain the result of these actions.

What is the most important part of teamwork? ›

Effective communication is the most important part of teamwork. It involves consistently updating each person and never assuming that everyone has the same information. But good teamwork also requires sound listening skills.

What are the 5 reasons why teamwork is important? ›

So here are the key reasons teamwork is so important in the workplace.
  • Teamwork is efficient work. ...
  • Teams self-monitor. ...
  • Teams innovate faster. ...
  • Teammates learn from each other. ...
  • Teamwork can create healthy competition. ...
  • Teamwork promotes strong working relationships.

What makes a team successful? ›

Effective teams pursue a common outcome and have a common goal they want to reach. Healthy teams have mutual respect between members of the team and management. Plus, team members value one another's contributions and skill sets. Having a team allows people with different strengths to work together.

What are three examples of teamwork? ›

Effective teamwork comes in many shapes and sizes and has a significant impact on the success of the organization.
  • Hold a Brainstorming Session. ...
  • Great Teams Trust Each Other. ...
  • Willingness to Share Expertise. ...
  • Complement One Another. ...
  • Be Open to Suggestion. ...
  • Rise and Fall Together.

What activities involve teamwork? ›

Team-Building Activities to Do Outside the Office
  • Complete an Escape-the-Room Challenge. ...
  • Take a Cooking Class. ...
  • Take an Improv Class. ...
  • Sign Up for Trivia. ...
  • Volunteer. ...
  • Start a Book Club. ...
  • Tackle a Ropes Course. ...
  • Form an Intramural League.
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What are the activities of teamwork? ›

Team building activities and games
  • Zombie Escape. For: Creative Problem Solving & Collaboration Exercise. ...
  • Battle of the Airbands. For: Team Bonding. ...
  • A Shrinking Vessel. For: Creative Problem Solving. ...
  • Back-to-Back Drawing. For: Communication Skills. ...
  • Office Trivia. ...
  • Marshmallow Spaghetti Tower. ...
  • Community Service. ...
  • Salt and Pepper.
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What is the biggest female collab? ›

Top 10 female collaborations of all-time
  • The Boy is Mine – Brandy and Monica (1998)
  • When You Believe – Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey (1998)
  • Lady Marmalade – Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil Kim, MYA (2001)
  • Let Me Blow Ya Mind – Eve ft. ...
  • Me Against the Music – Britney Spears and Madonna (2003)
16 Sept 2019

Who is the Queen of collaboration? ›

Kang Seulgi, The Queen of Collabs.

What are the top 10 skills to improve collaboration? ›

Skills to enhance collaboration
  • Organization. ...
  • Decision-making. ...
  • Flexibility. ...
  • Conflict resolution. ...
  • Professionalism. ...
  • Project management. ...
  • Critical thinking. ...
  • Self-motivation. Self-motivation allows you to take the initiative.

What are the five elements of successful collaboration? ›

Key elements of (good) team collaboration
  • A small number of people.
  • Complementary skills.
  • Common purpose.
  • Performance goals.
  • Approach.
  • Mutual accountability.

What you believe to be the 3 best ways to get a team to work together? ›

How to Get a Team to Work Together
  • Communicate. This is one of the most important elements of strong team performance. ...
  • Respect individuality. When working with teams, managers must understand the importance of individuality. ...
  • Encourage creativity. ...
  • Gender Diversity. ...
  • Trust-Building Exercises. ...
  • Define Roles. ...
  • Do Not Settle.
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What are the 3 characteristics of a good team? ›

Here are the six characteristics that successful teams exhibit:
  • They have clear goals and plans. ...
  • They have strong leadership. ...
  • Members fulfill their own tasks and also help one another. ...
  • Members communicate openly with the team. ...
  • Members resolve conflict constructively.
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What are the 8 characteristics that make a team successful? ›

Communicate clearly and respectfully. Manage work and deadlines based on priorities. Trust and respect each other. Celebrate success together and recognize contributions.
...
This culture of trust helps everyone:
  • Bring their full selves to the job.
  • Take risks.
  • Share ideas.
  • Innovate together.
8 Oct 2020

What are the 5 tips to build a strong and successful team? ›

Here's how:
  • Build trust and respect. Nurture a team-oriented environment based on trust and respect, without which there will only be limited success. ...
  • Be true to your word. ...
  • Organize a meeting for all employees. ...
  • Take advantage of conflict. ...
  • Make hiring a team effort.
7 Jun 2013

Can you give an example of a time when you led a team? ›

Often times, I would jump in to help them in times of urgent needs. For example, one time a partner submitted their work late to me and needed to deliver training the next day, so I stayed up all night to help them edit & finalize it to make the deadline. This demonstrates solidarity with my team & commitment.

What are the 7 main characteristics of effective team? ›

The Seven Characteristics of Good Teams
  • 1) Clearly Defined Expectations.
  • 2) The Importance of Selflessness in Teamwork.
  • 3) Many Opinions, One Goal.
  • 4) Encourage Open Communication.
  • 5) Why Flexibility Matters.
  • 6) Constructive Conflict Drives Innovation.
  • 7) Many Voices, But One Message.
6 Jan 2017

What are the 7 qualities that make a good team player? ›

The 7 Characteristics of a Great Team Player
  • 1) They Understand Their Role. ...
  • 2) They Embrace Collaboration. ...
  • 3) They Hold Themselves Accountable. ...
  • 4) They Are Committed to Their Team. ...
  • 5) They Are Flexible. ...
  • 6) They Are Optimistic and Future-Focused. ...
  • 7) They Back Up Goals with Action.

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