Ask your team: Together, can we choose to be great?
If they answer no: Find a new team to join.
If the answer is yes, then ask: It’s said that each of us make 35,000 decisions a day. Of those decisions, which are most important?
At this moment, you will know how prepared your team is to make the decision to be great. (Be warned: Most teams have never considered a discussion about which decisions are most important.)
The speed and complexities of today’s world creates the illusion that we don’t have choices. The result: People lose control, and their team becomes woefully distracted, hopelessly stressed, and disconnected from that which matters most.
It’s crazy: Teams will go through their entire life-cycle without ever talking about the decisions that matter most. As we’ve studied teams that do big things, one thing is clear: They’re making different decisions than average teams; they’re deciding to be great. They do this by centering on these three:
- The Contributor Decision: I choose to bring my best to every interaction.
- The Activator Decision: I choose to bring out the best of those with whom I’m interacting.
- The Connector Decision: Together, we choose to partner across the organization to deliver shared objectives.
For some reason, the people on your team were brought together to accomplish something. Will you just do what you have to do, toil on, and move to the next team? Or will this time, this team, be different?
P.S. If you want to equip your team to make better decision, here’s a short clip that goes deeper.