Scoring points vs. winning

by blogadmin 9. September 2019 03:21

By Rhoda Kreuzer, CEO, Leadership Coach

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships." --Michael Jordan

 

There are many talented people who are able to score points whether in sports or in the boardroom. They close the deal, or they complete a complex project. In short, they do an outstanding job at their own responsibilities, however, they fail when it comes to working and collaborating with the team. They see everything through the lens of how it will impact them and how it makes them look.


Teamwork is key to achieving our vision and sustaining success. Individuals can gain momentum in the short term, but it is the team that sustains that effort and excels in the long term. The real question is do you have a group of individuals working for you, or a team that is working together to achieve tremendous impact on your objectives and vision.


Some questions that help us determine whether we are working as a team are:

-Do you have silos in your organization?
-When there is an issue, do people describe it in terms of what someone did wrong versus in terms of possible solutions?
-When one person or department is falling behind, do others on the team offer to assist?
-When the team is stuck and struggling to make progress, do others step up to help create momentum and lend their assistance?
-Do staff hold each other accountable?
-Do staff give recognition to each other on a regular basis?

The answer to these questions begins to illustrate how strong your team may be. Leaders can influence the strength of their team by providing clear vision, accountability for working together as a team, and rewarding people who display strong team behaviors.


Strengthen your team and lead the way to success!

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