We can achieve success through collective effort rather than as Individuals. In mathematics we say One Plus One is equal to two. But when it comes to people, it is only partially true. Most of the times two people can carry out much greater tasks than the sum of the tasks they carryout individually. This is known as the synergy effect. For instance, the Canada Geese are migratory birds that fly in a ‘v’ formation. As each goose flaps its wings it creates an “uplift” for the bird that follows.
The aerodynamic V shape formation reduces the air drag (air resistance) that each bird experiences when in flight in comparison to a bird flying solo. This adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone. When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. Then, they launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock. . All members of the team plays their part and mutually benefit from this.
This demonstrates how collective effort plays a very imperative and useful role in nature. During World War 2, Despite deep-seated mistrust and hostility between the Soviet Union and the Western democracies, Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union created an instant alliance between the Soviets and Great Britain and the United States . National and personal rivalries and Discrepancies had to be put aside for the greater good of all. Thus Allied victory over the Axis powers in World War II exemplified an unprecedented level of international cooperation and teamwork.
Another instance of successful solidarity is portrayed in the Disney Pixar film “Finding Nemo” which is about a father and son clownfish who get separated from each other. the father is accompanied by a blue fish named Dory in the quest for his son. At the end of the movie, the father and son are reunited yet minutes later Dory is captured in a large fishing net that is pulling hundreds of fish into a boat. Nemo, being small and having learned a teamwork method to battle such an attack, slips through a hole in the net to join Dori and lead the fish in the effort to escape.
Before long, the hundreds of fish that were just swimming frantically in every direction begin swimming down together . they make headway, putting an intense amount of pressure on the board that holds the net, until it eventually snaps and frees the gleeful fish. Which bring us to the question- ‘how often do people go in their own direction when faced with a problem rather than collaborating effort? ’ When in school, I was more of a perfectionist and hence an individual worker, preferring to be commended at my work’s own success and liable for my own blunders.
Thus, when I was faced with a Group Project in History I was crestfallen to say the least. At first I raised a lot of concerns and reprimanded people for their shabby work. Soon I realized that I was not the perfect one either. I learnt that It’s good to be individually brilliant and to have strong core competencies; but unless you’re able to work in a team and harness each other’s capabilities, you’ll always perform below average because there will always be situations at which you’ll do poorly and someone else does well.