You’ve probably seen at least one of them online. A video showing the heroic efforts of random strangers who’ve come together in the moment to rescue a person or animal from certain disaster.
When it truly matters, we humans can organize ourselves incredibly quickly. We don’t ask questions. We don’t take note of differences. When we feel the pressure of the situation, we do what needs to be done.
Remove the stress and immediacy of the moment though, and we fall apart. When we don’t feel the urgency and importance of a situation, there’s no push to power through. We struggle.
How do we harness the power of teamwork in a near tragedy when there is none?
We need to believe what we are doing is important.
We need to believe our individual contributions make a difference.
We need to want the best for the people we work with and believe they want the same for us.
We need to see the impact of our work.