Rugby players Clive Woodward and Ryan Jones, cyclist Dave Brailsford, footballer Matt Jones and athlete Tasha Danvers give insights into what makes a successful team. What brings a team together and what makes the whole greater than the sum of its parts? Discuss the characteristics of a good team, the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. Factors that bring a team of (possibly disparate) individuals together. Selflessness v selfishness, how individuals look after their own performance while working for team mates.