The art of building great teams brings many a leader and business to tears, crying fervently behind closed doors. How many times have you looked at the collective resumes for teams and in terms of their ability, drive, and experience, they looked identical… yet did not perform the same?
Our conversation with Don Yeager will explore what does greatness look like when it moves from the personal space to a team context and why some teams remain competitively relevant for long periods o time while others fluctuate in effectiveness and results.
What Makes a Team Not Just Good or Functional, But GREAT?
- Great teams understand their “Why”
- Great teams have and develop great leaders
- Great teams allow culture to shape recruiting
- Great teams create and maintain depth
- Great teams have a road map
- Great teams promote camaraderie and a sense of collective direction
- Great teams manage dysfunction, friction, and strong personalities
- Great teams build a mentoring culture
- Great teams adjust quickly to leadership transitions
- Great teams adapt and embrace change
- Great teams run successful huddles
- Great teams improve through scouting
- Great teams see value others miss
- Great teams win in critical situations
- Great teams speak a different language
- Great teams avoid the pitfalls of success
Great Teams Understand Their “Why”
They are connected to a great purpose.
When building teams, great teams, you need a standard for greatness. How many times have we seen hot products get the credit for success when it was really the amazing organization that built a team-first culture. Because “culture” has become a buzz-word, we will share Don’s definition ensuring we are all on the same page together. In considering how culture is applied in a team setting, here are Don’s two possible definitions:
- The conditions within the organization that promote either growth or failure.
- The shared understanding of what to do in adverse situations.
The effort to achieve that culture can be broken down into four essential pillars Don believes set a truly Great Team apart from one that simply performs well.
Targeting Purpose — the team is connected to a greater purpose. Members understand whom they are serving and why that matters.
Effective Management — the team is able to think creatively and act dynamically in order to stay fresh, effective and relevant.
Activating Efficiency — each member of the teams brings a unique set of talents, experiences, perspective ,work ethic, personality traits, and know-how that melds with and complements those of the other team members.
Mutual Direction — there is a strong sense of understanding, appreciation, share responsibility, and trust that unites and motivates the team to work together.
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