• Jay Schultz

The Power of One Good Team!

The power of one, if fearless and focused, is formidable, but the power of many working together is better.” – Gloria Arroyo, 14th President of the Philippines

There has been no shortage of good teams in the past 40 years. Teams that have left their mark on the world and revolutionized it. One only has to mention Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates and Paul Allen, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers to understand the power of one good team.

Apple Inc. is today one of the Big Four tech corporations alongside Facebook, Amazon, and Google. While Microsoft sits comfortably on the list of the world’s top 10 companies. The Chicago Bulls defined the standard of winning NBA championships and the Lakers are walking faithfully along that narrow path of success.

So, where are you at as a team? Do you have any influence or power to achieve your goals?

Let’s take a look at how to build one good team in your workplace.

1. Stay hungry, stay foolish

Six years before he died, co-founder of Apple Inc., Steve Jobs would conclude his commencement speech at Stanford University with the words, ‘Stay hungry. Stay foolish.’ What did he mean by these words?

Jobs had already pre-emptied the meaning in his speech when he said, ‘Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.’

Do you have a great idea that you think will change your workplace for good? Don’t be afraid to speak up. Don’t be afraid to go the extra mile. It’s only when teams cast bigger visions when they push each other to the limit, and set goals many think are foolish that they truly come alive.

2. Invest in team-building initiatives

You’re more likely to be productive in a place where you get along with your colleagues. If you work full-time this probably means that you spend a whole lot of time with your teammates. Management research shows us that social dynamics have a direct correlation with workplace performance.

So how can team managers help to foster good relationships? One key aspect that encourages people to get to know each other is investing in team-building initiatives. Now, the more dynamic they are the better. In today’s world, especially with teams consisting of younger members, fun is a key element. Take team building to a whole new level with innovative and creative team building agencies like Minneapolis-based ChopRoom.

3. Have a passionate leader who can manage people

A good team is one that has a strong passionate leader. The leader understands the primary and secondary goals of the team. She ensures that all team members know their role and the importance they play.

She creates camaraderie among the members. And a true desire to accomplish the goal. The team members are not just doing a job, but they are taking pride in their duties. They want to be the best they can be for the team members. They want to be on that team.

4. Be quick to listen and ask people what they think

As a team leader, one of the most important things to do is to be quick to listen and slow to speak. Ask people what they think about certain matters. This will show them that you value their opinion and what they have to say.

Don’t bulldoze people at every meeting with your ‘ground-breaking, earthy-shattering-ideas’. Take a step back and learn to truly hear what others are saying. Then see if you can implement their suggestions and feedback. And when you do, give credit where it’s due.

5. Delegate tasks and encourage accountability

Building a business requires a team effort. Any manager worth their weight will tell you that one of the major distinguishing features between successful companies and those that fail is a good team. In great teams, leaders learn to delegate tasks and encourage accountability.

Businesses with controlling bosses have limited growth potential – they can only grow so much. In order to build good businesses and scale them, one has to learn to delegate, step aside and let people get on with the task at hand.

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