Daily Nugget of Gold 923
The Winning Team
In this session we’re going to look at what makes a team “THE winning team” win. We are going to forgo the discussion about the other teams in the league, company, or organization and just put our attention on those elite teams or “dream teams” which rise to the top. We think there is this perception out there that what stops a team from being a winning team is a lack of talent more than anything else. It really can’t be argued that a group of individuals put together who have little or no talent have a great chance at being the winning team, at least in the first run towards the title that they make.
It seems, however, that many winning teams have been fashioned out of less than the most elite performers so there is something more than just raw talent that allows a team to overcome whatever adversity they face along the way and succeed despite the odds against that happening.
“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” – Andrew Carnegie
Carnegie, who in his day was the richest man on earth, saw teams as a way of pooling common people to achieve spectacular results. Common people. Dwell on that for a bit.
A team which functions best looks to further develop the strengths of it’s teammates rather than on finding fault with each other and hindering fellow teammates chances of being worthy contributors to the team’s goals. If we can take the very best of what each person has to offer and help each person improve on that by working with their strengths rather than against the weaknesses we perceive them to have, we give ourselves the best chance of advancing the group dynamic, don’t we? Every minute we engage in criticism of our fellow teammates we have wasted 60 seconds of our own lives because we’ve put our attention on that instead of concentrating our efforts towards the end of enhancing our own abilities and skills, or finding ways to using the best each person has to offer in such a way that we better accomplish our objectives together. Praise, it seems- genuine praise of another tends to bring out more of the good and does more to minimize the faults than anything else we do.
In order to be true team players, we want to foster an atmosphere that we can accept one another as imperfect beings because if we are truly honest with ourselves, we are far from the perfection we profess to want to achieve and embrace ourselves.
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What can I do to help my own team do better?”
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