Success; Part 1: Teamwork
Business executives and managers today receive more unsolicited advice on teamwork from newspaper columns, magazine articles, blogs, academic journals and professional meetings than they have the time to read or pay attention to. Many of the articles are of the self-help variety but often have just one point of view.
We believe that the best advice comes from people who have been in the trenches and experienced what works and what doesn’t.
Here are a few examples that may trigger an idea or strategy that will help you and your team succeed.
For successful collaboration, team members must have, at a minimum, two fundamental identifiers: competency and passion. A participant may have impeccable credentials but lack enthusiasm as thus, the ability to motivate others. Passion, without contextual knowledge, might be effective in leading populist movements, but fruitful outcomes will most likely be lacking. The interplay of competency and passion not only makes great leaders, but cultivates great followers as well.
Kevin Sharer, former chairman & CEO of Amgen, Inc. and now professor at the Harvard Business School: The cultural environment, of course, is going to define every aspect of communication… Being the CEO, however, means that you can define the culture by whom you pick for positions under you and by the standards you enforce. I’ve always tried to emphasize an environment of partnership, teamwork, trust, and respect—and anyone with a bullying tendency, we fire. Of course, it’s not perfect; we’re human beings. But we try hard to have every aspect of our culture and of the way we operate encourage the sharing of information—to listen to the facts, listen to the logic, and draw well-formed conclusions. (from “Why I’m a Listener,” McKinsey Quarterly, April 2012
The Five W’s
My formula for creating and sustaining a cohesive team is relatively straightforward, forged from my decades of experience in leadership positions. It consists of what I call “The Five W’s”:
1. Winning Mentality – Each team member has been carefully selected and is passionate about results, is highly motivated, and subordinates him/herself to “The Team.” Each strives to succeed 100% of the time and goes “beyond the pale.” Winning teams must have players who will “kick the tires and light the fires.”
2. “Wear-Well”- A term I learned from my father that refers to one who is congenial, cooperative and shares ideas naturally. You enjoy being in their presence for the long term.
3. Weather Resistant – Team members who aren’t easily frustrated or don’t obsess when faced with obstacles in their path. These folks persevere, are determined, have gumption and staying power.
4. Window of Opportunity – People who are highly alert, agile and flexible in being able to quickly analyze opportunities and aren’t afraid to take calculated risks.
5. Worthiness – People of integrity, self-control, probity and high moral principles. They watch out for their colleagues. They are wholesome and will never lie, cheat or steal to achieve individual or team goals.
By Rich K. Eich ~The author of three leadership books including his most recent TRUTH, TRUST + TENACITY.
Final Thoughts: Of course, with all the great advice above from leaders who have been in the trenches for years, we must still understand that all environments are different, you must choose the one that fits yours best. Great managers and leaders will work on identifying that, and create the environment that suits “your” company and your team, and help bring it to the ultimate level of success.
Is it hard work? Absolutely!
Will it take time and a lot of listening and focus? Yes!
Is it worth it! You darn right it is.
We are all worth it!
See you at the top.
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