I took my little brother and his cousin to laser tag yesterday.  We have learned the importance of teamwork.

Game 1

Before we went into the room (or battlefield), I told them, “let’s play as a team and let’s stay together to win.”  They both said no.

When the game began, they started shooting at each other.  They soon realized that it wasn’t very effective since others were shooting at them at the same time.  At the end of the game, their scores showed that something needed to change.

I then approached them again, and asked, “so what do you guys think about forming a team?  We can watch each other’s back, and win together!”

This time, they said yes.

The result

As game 2 began, we quickly ran up to the hill, and set up our form.  We stayed together.  We yelled out each other’s name when we needed backup.  We felt empowered, and we felt strong — the enemies couldn’t even get close to us.

We had a great game!  And the scores showed.  My little brother and I were among the top 4 scorers out of 41 players.

When we got our detail score reports back, we laughed at our game 1 result, but we cheered our wonderful game 2 result as a team — we realized the power of teamwork.

Play to your strength

5 months ago, I attended an event hosted by the executive vice president of TELUS Business Solutions, Joe Natale.  The theme of the event was “play to your strength.”  I thought it was an event to help us learn how to fully utilize your own strengths, but I was wrong.

“Play to your strength” really means teamwork.  However, at that time, I didn’t get it, so I couldn’t understand why Joe kept mentioning about building a team and working as a team in his keynote speech.  Now, I realize that he was looking at this topic from a leadership perspective.

You need to set up your chessboard first, helping your followers realize their strengths, putting them into the right spot, and sharing and aligning the wining vision.  The rest is just like chess — you strategically mobilize your troops to win the game.

Do you have a dream?  I do, and I know if I don’t build a team of likeminded to pursue it with me, it will stay as a dream.  So, start now, build your own chessboard.


About Daniel Chu
“Success is to drive and continually shape the excellence in you and around you” – Daniel Chu Born in January 1st 1983 in Taipei Taiwan, Daniel Che Yi Chu moved to Ontario Canada by himself at the age of 14, seeking for better education. In 2007, Daniel obtained his Honor Bachelor of Science (with distinction) in Computer Science (Software Engineering) from the University of Toronto, St. George campus. Currently an IT Project Manager at TELUS, Daniel is leading teams with up to 15 members and managing budgets between $100K-$800K, facilitating a $900M deal with the Quebec government ( Since graduation, Daniel joined TELUS’s Leadership Development Program (, which gave him an opportunity to explore different professional roles, such as a Business Analyst, Developer, IT Project Manager, Human Resources Project Manager, and Strategic Advisor. Continued to grow, Daniel joined Toastmasters in 2008, and obtained both the Competent Leader and Competent Communicator designation in 2009. Also in 2009, Daniel was nominated and elected President of his Toastmasters Club ( Daniel is a committed Christian who is also a committed volunteer at Big Brothers and the Crisis Center. He helps the Crisis Center deliver suicide prevention workshops at Vancouver’s high schools. Daniel enjoys various activities, such as swimming, playing basketball, and bowling. He also enjoys reading and writing.

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