• Communicating information, sharing assignments and working cohesively with the FFL team
  • Appreciating and leveraging the strengths of others, relying on them for help, input and feedback
  • Volunteering to help someone else complete a task without expecting credit for it


Have you ever gone by yourself to a movie theater to see a show? I have. It’s an odd experience. The movie may be great, but the experience is lacking an important element. It just doesn’t feel the same if there isn’t someone there with you to laugh (or scream) during the movie, or to critique the show afterwards.

Or have you ever eaten in a restaurant by yourself? You sit down and order your food… and sit by yourself. Maybe you look at your smartphone (or in the old days you would have brought a book with you.) Then the food comes. And you eat it. In silence. By yourself. It just feels weird when the most conversation you have at dinner is with the waiter.

Seeing a movie by yourself or eating at a restaurant all alone just feels “off”. Do you know what I mean? What causes that? Why does it feel so strange? I don’t know exactly how you define it or quantify it, but there is something unique about having experiences together with another human being.

This week’s GuideMark is Teamwork. It is all about filling that void of aloneness and doing things together. At Funds For Learning®, teamwork is an integral part of how we approach our responsibilities. We practice real teamwork, not just lip service or committees that are called teams. We share the load, volunteer to help, and chip in to get the job done. But all of this teamwork is more than just a means to an end. We choose to be a team, not simply because we think it will produce better results (by the way, it does), but because, even if the work outcomes were the same, it just isn’t the same doing it alone. There is something unique that occurs when people work together as a team.

Therefore, we approach teamwork at FFL as a value, not just as an effective productivity toolFor us, teamwork is about joining together with shared values and shared responsibilities, pooling our strengths and abilities, encouraging and relying on one another, communicating and working cohesively towards our shared goals, and doing so because it produces something special that cannot be replicated by doing it all alone.

Of course, there are many other side-benefits to teamwork; a few of them are:

Leveraging the abilities of two or three people together produces better results than one person

Sharing the work gives an opportunity for rest and relaxation

Dividing tasks amongst the team allows individual strengths to be focused and honed

Depending on one other encourages accountability and self-management 


At FFL, we pursue and promote teamwork because of what happens when a group of people choose to trust and rely on each other to function together as a team – and the result is that we grow as individuals, we develop stronger relationships, we produce better results for our customers, we enjoy life, and we experience more meaningful moments than we would have otherwise. That’s pretty cool!


Key Words and Phrases

Reliance and interdependence, Shared responsibility, Mutual accountability, Esprit de corps, Common goals, Cooperation, Blended strengths, Trust in one another.

Opposite Terms

Going it alone, Not trusting others, Not supporting others, Not relying on others.


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