Every evening Brighton starlings flock by the Pier. The Brighton birds are the ultimate team but birds are stoopid right? The pattern emerges because of a few behavioural rules and bodily communication. I suspect people also coordinate in unconscious ways similar to this involving subtle non-verbal signals.
Steven Strogatz talks at TED below about how nature – and this includes groups of people – have a tendency towards synchronisation. We like coordinating due to our social nature. Note how easily the audience claps in sync. The team building I lead involves physical practices, sound and touch as in my view these are the basis of synchronisation in people – and these are often missing in the corporate world.