Life is not a solo performance. How and where can you collaborate with others to accomplish an important goal?
—Calm App Reflection
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Carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders is a task too big for anyone. This may be why the biggest sporting events involve teams working together on the common goal of winning. As spectators in the stands or even in a comfy chair watching TV, we feel the excitement of being part of the effort, especially when celebrating a victory.
Where in your life do you operate as a solo performer?
What is your experience of victory and defeat when you are the only one on the field?
How long do these feelings last?
Where in your world do you partner and collaborate with others on a common goal?
When did you last experience the acronym TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More?
What areas of your life would being better together make the biggest difference?
“Thrones, no matter how pretty, have only room for one.”
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By the time this post reaches your inbox or social media feed, I have review it numerous times. My own reflection on this process points to the high percentage of these efforts directed towards one’s progress in our personal and professional communities.
Although I am all for the achievement of individual success somehow, I experience even more satisfaction and fulfillment when I’ve been a part of a group or team effort.
Consider sports as a good example. On the list below, notice the fan base of popularity of team sports.
There don’t seem to be many stadiums built for individual sporting events. We all like to be part of a winning endeavor, even if we never get on the field.
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Where are you engaged in an individual endeavor versus some form of group achievement?
Where is the “TEAM” concept of Together Everyone Achieves More truer for you?
“Revolutions are ideal times for soldiers with a lot of wit – and the courage to act.”
Napoleon Bonaparte, 18th Century French Emperor and Military Leader
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I recently saw a video keynote speech by David Burkus on the topic of how great teams find a purpose around which to rally.
In addition to using excellent examples of well-known organizations to make his points, he also used a few historical samples of powerful revolutions that galvanized communities, countries, and the world.
He suggests that we can all dig deeper than the core values or mission statements hanging in organization headquarters or above executive desks to discover our sacred values worth fighting for.
We are all allies in the sacred crusade to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, and combat racism around the world.
Where and how are you and others soldiers in your various communities bringing your wit and courage to act in these fights? How can and will you rally even more allies in these efforts?
“You cannot antagonize and influence at the same time.”
—J.S. Knox, Associate Professor of Sociology, Liberty University
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Have you ever participated in a team building session with your professional colleagues? One of the goals of such exercises is to gain a greater understanding of each other, and to provide constructive input toward one another’s leadership styles and effectiveness.
The assessment I use for team building sessions categorizes individuals into one of four potential styles, depending on the situation. The four styles are:
- The Team Leader, who focuses on both people and results
- The Taskmaster, who focuses solely on results
- The Social Worker, who focuses solely on people
- The Benchsitter, who focuses on neither
How would you—or better yet, your associates—describe your leadership style? How might you and your colleagues—maybe even your family members—rate each other as it relates to being an influencer versus an antagonist?
“Drop the hammer and pick up the shovel.”
—attributed to J.A. Dever
Image from Flickr by Daniel R. Blume
If you are a student of leadership and management theory, I’m sure you are fully aware that the old school “Command and Control” Taskmaster, or in this case, “Drop the Hammer” approach to success is history.
With the intense competition for talent, organizations and their leaders must create collaborative and cooperative cultures wherein each employee can develop and contribute in a meaningful way to remain engaged. Without the side-by-side pursuit of individual and organizational achievement, many top people will seek their futures elsewhere.
Where would more of a “Pick up the Shovel,” team leader approach to people and results be just the ticket for you and your organization to thrive today, and well into the future?
“The world must learn to work together, or finally it will not work at all.”
—Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States
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As part of my preliminary discover process, two of the questions I use to determine the potential value of a coaching relationship are:
- What is working and going well in your personal and professional life?
- What is not working or going as you wish in your personal and professional life?
Based on the answers provided, a customized coaching relationship can be used to support going from good to great, or from not good to substantially better.
Perhaps no single factor impacts these areas more than the ability to create mutually trusting relationships and work toward common objectives.
Given the state of the world and specifically your worlds, what efforts and actions can and will you take to work more effectively and successfully with others?
“Vital to every operation is cooperation.”
—Frank Tyger, Editorial Cartoonist
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What do elite Navy Seals, your favorite sports team, and a top surgical team have in common?
They are all examples of the impact and synergy of cooperation.
In these situations, the acronym TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) couldn’t be more appropriate and true.
I experienced this personally in the writing of my book, The Quotable Coach: Daily Nuggets of Personal Wisdom. Those helping me pull off this project included hundreds of people such as family, friends, editors, loyal readers, and of course, the insightful minds of those quoted.
Where is a booster shot of cooperation and teamwork required to pull off some vital operation in your world?
“A single leaf working alone provides no shade.”
—Chuck Page, American Politician
We’ve all heard phrases such as:
“It takes team work to make the dream work,” and “Together everyone achieves more. (TEAM)”
Instead of responding with “I know,” “Of course,” or “DUH!,” I suggest we each take a moment to revisit the idea more closely.
Most would agree that cooperation, collaboration, dialogue, alignment, and agreement are virtuous interpersonal qualities and characteristics.
How often do you exhibit these qualities rather than preferring to be “right,” go it alone, or perhaps actually undermine the efforts of those around you?
It’s OK to do an honest assessment of the personal tendencies we all prefer to hide and keep to ourselves.
Where and in what ways can you put your personal or professional agenda aside and join the other leaves on your tree of life to achieve more of the extraordinary outcomes you desire?