Pushing together

Published on 2022-04-21 by John Collins.

When a team is functioning, everyone is pushing together in the same direction.

There is a great expression for this in English:

"Put your shoulder to the wheel"

Ref: https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/put-your-shoulder-to-the-wheel.html

In comparison, a dysfunctional team is pulling apart. Disagreement in a team is healthy, but when a decision is made, everyone needs to get behind it, otherwise a team can start to pull in different directions, which is obviously dangerous and leaders need to work to prevent this.

Imagine a boat with everyone rowing at a different tempo, and you can see why this cannot work for any length of time.