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Inspirational teams

September 4th, 2017

Written by Katy Winship

We're dubbing this month SepTEAMber in order to encourage our customers to think about their own teams. So in honour of our ingenious new month we thought we'd pay homage to some of our favourite and most inspirational teams!

The Roslin Institute, Edinburgh

The creators of Dolly the sheep are worth listing here for their sheer determination in this miraculous creation .Wherever you stand on the issue of cloning you cannot argue with the fact that the team at the Roslin Institute managed to do the unthinkable by creating life (from an adult cell). Dolly’s birth in 1996 proved that specialised cells could be used to create an exact copy of the animal they came from.

The team

The team itself was made up of vets, farm staff, scientists, surgeons and embryologists who all worked to produce the first genetically modified sheep, Dolly. They failed many times before the breakthrough happened- 277 times to be exact, but Dolly’s embryo defied all odds and their patience and determination revolutionised the advances in stem cell research.

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Named after Country music legend Dolly Parton because Dolly is derived from a mammary gland cell and the team “couldn't think of a more impressive pair of glands than Dolly Parton’s” she went on to produce six lambs and lived her whole life at the Roslin Institute. After her death Dolly’s body was donated to the National Museum of Scotland, where she has become one of the museum’s most popular exhibits.

The Chilean Miners

Disaster struck in August 2010 in a Chilean Desert when a mine collapsed, thus trapping 33 miners underground. Before they were drilled out they were trapped for 69 days. The emergency food supply was meant to last just two days but the team rationed and made the supply last two weeks until they were discovered. Their emergency shelter had an area of 540 square foot but luckily they also had access to 1.2 miles of open tunnels so could get some privacy and escape the others.

The team

Miner Mario Sepúlveda best sums up how as a team they survived "All 33 trapped miners, practicing a one-man, one-vote democracy, worked together to maintain the mine, look for escape routes and keep up morale. We knew that if society broke down we would all be doomed. Each day a different person took a bad turn. Every time that happened, we worked as a team to try to keep the morale up." Mario also spoke about them all taking an oath of silence to not talk about the severity of their desperation to get out. The rescue of the Miners was watched by 1 billion people.

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You might remember the scandal of one of the miners having both a wife and a girlfriend. Both of Yonni Barrios’ partners were alleged to have been fighting over him. Susana had been Yonni’s mistress for five years and as far as we’re aware are still together, or were at least in 2015. His wife was not present when he was freed.

The cast of friends

Not for being our favourite bunch of friends do the Friends cast make this list- the actual real life actors make this list because they took the meaning of team work to the next level by sticking together to make sure they were treated equally by their employers. Yes, I’m talking about cold hard cash.

The team

The cast grew close when working on series one and two and when they realised that David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston were being paid more per episode than the rest of the cast, despite all having equal roles and screen time, the team took action. All six entered salary negotiations as a group rather than as individuals and to ensure they were paid and treated equally Schwimmer and Aniston agreed to take a pay cut. They decided that the best thing to do would be to stick together and it proved the smartest move to make because as the show grew in popularity their salaries inevitably did too! This team were that close-knit that before filming each episode they had a group hug.

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By sticking together in their negotiations the cast of Friends set a president for other co-stars and have since influenced the stars of the hit show The Big Bang Theory to take pay cuts in order for two of the other stars, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, to be paid as much.

The Calgary 1988 Olympics Jamaican Bob sled team

We’ve all seen the film Cool Runnings (if you haven’t then you should bow your head in shame) so you should be familiar with the story of the Jamaican Bob Sled team who defied all odds to compete in the 1988 Winter Olympics.

The team

The team, from a tropical Caribbean island, dreamed of competing in the Bob Sled race and worked hard to secure a place at the Olympics. The underdogs captured the imagination of the public and despite what the film makes out the athletes were actually warmly welcomed by their competitors. They made the headlines when they crashed but despite this got out smiling and waving."It was typical Jamaican bravado," says George Fitch (their manager who John Candy plays). "They get up there and start smiling, waving and all that. And that really endeared them to the fans."

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Devon Harris, one of the team, remembers it a bit differently. "I just remember thinking, 'Wow, how embarrassing, here we were going down the track, at the Olympic Games in front of the entire world and we failed, we crashed in front of the entire world. And to me that was embarrassing. We all felt that way; that we had failed our country. That was the toughest part of the crash."

NASA and Apollo 11

It’s no mean feat putting a man on the moon but in the late 60’s the space race was on between the USSR and the USA. The USA won the race after a huge effort and expense of $25.4 billion ($150 billion in today’s terms) was spent on the Apollo 11 moon landing. Neil Armstrong uttered the now infamous words "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” to an audience of approximately 600 million viewers.

The team

The big names you’ll recognise are Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong, but of course, they couldn’t have done it alone. It’s estimated that it took more than 400,000 engineers, scientists and technicians to accomplish the moon landings, many of which had never worked in the aerospace industry.

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One of my favourite stories I have uncovered about the NASA team is this: whilst on a presidential visit to the command centre Kennedy asked an employee what he was doing. That employee happened to be a janitor mopping a floor. His response summed up the great effort and unified attitude of NASA staff - “Well, Mr. president, I’m helping put a man on the moon.”