“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” 

—Phil Jackson

Imagine a well-oiled machine. Each cog, every gear, is crucial. That’s a team. It’s a collection of individuals, each distinct, like the fingers of a hand. But when clenched, they form a fist, powerful and unyielding. That’s the essence of a team, a melding of singular forces into a unified strength.

Take a violinist. Masterful. Her notes alone can stir the soul. Yet, when she joins an orchestra, her melodies intertwine with others, becoming a symphony that moves mountains. In the team—her power resonates, amplifies. The symphony, in turn, infuses her music with grandeur.

It’s a circle, a dance of giving and receiving. The team fuels the individual, and the individual stokes the team. A symbiotic relationship, a harmony of strengths. One cannot exist without the other. Each team member is a brick. Together, they build an impregnable fortress.

So, remember this: A team is not merely a collection of individuals. It’s an entity—an entity born of shared strength and collective purpose. It’s the harnessing of many into one, where the whole surpasses the sum of its parts. This is the paradox of unity—where each member’s strength feeds the team, and the team’s power, in turn, fortifies each member.

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Brand and Community at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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