Team Work

Compare and contrast paper

Comm. 105
John Waldron
University of Phoenix

Eric DeMore

      On Tuesday, June 17 2008, the Boston Celtics won their seventeenth NBA title, and their first since the 1985-86 seasons.   This twenty two year drought represents the longest time the Celtics have gone without wining the championship since their first during the 1956-57 season. That they won it in commanding fashion against their long time playoff rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers no doubt made the victory even sweeter. It was the perfect cap to a season during which the Celtics had the best record in the NBA. A very convincing argument can easily be made that the best team in the NBA won its highest honor.
      Watching the series, it was easy to see it was a team victory. Watching the team in action, it was easy to see the part effective communication played in achieving a goal the Celtic organization set months before. Effective communication, in whatever field of endeavor, whether it be sports, politics, or business, is essential if the featured organization is going to reach its goals.
      While the advantages of team work are blatantly obvious in the sporting world, many people, many managers in the business world, eschew working in teams as a waste of time and resources and a threat to their own position and authority.   In reality, the opposite is true. Rather than wasting time and resources, working as a team maximizes effort and makes the greatest use of available resources. N Ravindran in his article titled Team Building Revisited in the Dec-Jan 2008 issue of Today’s Manager stated, “Team building is a proven method for blending the talents, skills, and inherent creativity of diverse peoples.” He also stated, “Team member seem to understand that it’s a lot easier to support your team member when you have a good relationship. This kind of relationship building is open and involves direct communication, frequent praising of each others’ contributions,...