A marriage, where both people take the other for granted, is doomed. The customer who wonders if they are valued, soon wanders. And the teenager, whose mom or dad demands they act and believe like they do, will predictably rebel.

Why would things be any different for your team? It’s not. Which leaves you with two choices:

A) You can wait…for trust to just happen (or not), for relationships to inch forward, and for collaboration to magically occur.

Or

B) You can use the time you do have to make sure trusting relationships and collaboration are the norm.

Teams that do small things have talented people running by each other cordially, but not productively. They are waiting for someone to do something. (They’ve fallen under the illusion that they’re too busy to take it on.)

They are waiting for you. In your next meeting, ask these questions:

  1. Do we use every meeting together to ensure we’re stronger as a team at the end than we were at the beginning?
  2. How do we get better at leveraging every interaction to continuously improve as a team?

The best teams have team members who focus first on what matters: each other. As they do, they experience trust, collaboration and more far faster than those who don’t.

It’s not time that determines how strong your team will be. It’s something you control.

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