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TEAMWORK: Reflecting Off Each Other

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to strengthen your focus on teamwork. Reading time: 3:23

          Look closely at a single feather of a peacock’s tail and you’ll see a dull brown color. But, collectively, those dull colored individual feathers display a spectacular array of colors. a peacock extraOut of many individually lifeless feathers comes collectively one brilliant blast of beauty.

         Physicists call this phenomenon “Diffraction.” The colorful plume blossoms like a bouquet of flowers from the way light is diffracted from and through each of the other dull brown feathers.

          Leaders call this phenomenon – the power of teamwork- where the power of many strengthens the scope and significance of an individual entity. Out of many, one. E pluribus Unum.

          No wonder the most effective leaders know how to fan the peacock’s plume—COLLECTIVELY– rather than simply focus on managing each feather individually. After all, an ant weighs one ten-thousandth of an ounce yet collectively all ants on earth weigh more than all the humans on earth. Continue reading