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Team basics May 16, 2008

Posted by rickbron in Bronder On People, Team basics, Uncategorized.
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p5130012.jpg  Want extraordinary results? Create a team! The Big Dogs use teams to solve their most difficult problems. Teams can be used to increase profits, improve employee engagement and to raise morale. Let’s look at what makes a team.

 

Most people think a team is a group of people, working together, for a common goal. The Big Dogs know there is one more element to making a group a team. That element is dependency. For a team to exist there must be a dependency that is acknowledged and committed to. Knowing the dependency exists is not enough — there must be a tacit acknowledgment and a firm commitment to the dependency.

 

Think of a group of mountain climbers who are roped together. Now that is a visible, acknowledged and committed to dependency. If you are to have a team that will create extraordinary results, then you must learn about dependency.

 

The Big Dogs also know that there are five principles that must be adhered to for a group to become a team. Here they are:

 

  1. Differences make a difference. In strong teams the people on the team come from different backgrounds, cultures and experiences. It is not necessary that the people look different. It is necessary that they think different.
  2. Everyone contributes. Everyone on the team performs a significant function that is recognized as significant by the others on the team. People not only need to belong to groups, they need to contribute to those groups. There are no slackers on teams.
  3. Share information. In order to keep everyone up to date and to build trust, people on teams communicate all the information they know to each other. There is no information hoarding. When a team member is behind in their tasks, they ask for help. When they are ahead, they volunteer to help others. No secrets and no cliques are the rule.
  4. Trust is everything. People on teams make and keep their agreements. There are no games where I say one thing and do another. Your word is your most important currency on a team. If the trust is violated, all chance of teamwork diminishes. Commitments are not made lightly.
  5. Belief in achieving the extraordinary. Every member of the team believes it is possible for the team to achieve its goal. That goal is perceived as worthy of effort and will in some way distinguish the team from all other groups. Everyone is excited about and focused on achieving the goal.

 

Do you want to have extraordinary teams in your organization? Do what the Big Dogs do; create dependency into your group and follow these five principles.

 

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