WHAT APPEARS TO BE
Imagine a football team where the offensive and defensive players don’t use the same locker room. They have benches on opposite sides of the field and rarely speak. Their definition of “team” ends with the like-minded people around them who have similar responsibilities.
Would you bet on a football team that takes this approach? Never, right? Ironically, do you know teams within corporations that try to deliver results the same way?
WHAT MIGHT BE
Some people focus so much on “delivering results” they’ve lost sight of what produces results: their collective, aligned efforts. Or, they’ve been burned by “cumbiya” and the “campfire-tell-all” in the past, so they use the “you do your job and I’ll do mine” approach.
Which means hand-offs are fumbled, passes are dropped, and penalties called resulting in a scoreboard with zero points for the home team.
WHAT CAN BE
How coordinated and collaborative is your team? Is your team so strong it lifts the entire company?
There’s a team in a Detroit organization that is going to new levels: they are proactively influencing anyone who steps on the field with them. They’re so committed to greater results that they’re first committing themselves to each other. “One Team” is not an empty platitude, it’s a priority. And they’ve got the tools to get it done.
We’re betting on this team.
Do you have the guts to create a unified team? If so, take these steps:
- Find a common language that moves you forward collectively;
- Focus on building people instead of fixing them; and
- Agree to fight for one another, especially when a teammate struggles.
With the power of one, “one-derful” things happen.
What is the difference between what “might be” and what “can be”? You decide.