Teamwork Makes the Dream Work Stephan Seyfert
Agenda: Up to YOU! • Why Have a Team? • What Does a Successful Team Look Like? • Creating a Team • Team Conflict • Turning a Team Around • Leading a Team • Personal Sacrifice for Team Success • A Teams Need Vision: Dream Bigger • Building Your Dream Team
Why Have a Team? TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More A Team: • makes you better than you are • multiplies your value to others • enables you to do what you do best(work in your strengths, manage your weaknesses by finding people with strengths in those areas) • helps others do their best(enable them to live into their strengths by helping you) • gives you more time • provides companionship and camaraderie • helps you fulfill your heart's desires • makes everyone on the team a winner
Why Have a Team? It takes a team to achieve a dream: • One is too small a number. Nothing of significance was ever accomplished by a person working alone. • Teamwork is the success; detached from the outcome. The outcome is merely the result of the level of teamwork success. Henry Ford said, "Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." • Every day in some way you are already part of a team. The question is not, "Will you participate in something involving others?" It is, "Will your involvement with others be successful?" • For Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay to reach the summit of Mount Everest, it took more than 340 people just to give them their shot, including the pair on the team who tried just before them and failed, but shared all their information gained in the attempt to help their effort and the team's cause. • No challenge is too great for a great team.
What Does a Successful Team Look Like? Profile of a Winning Team • They play to win.The difference between playing to win and playing not to lose is often the difference between success and mediocrity. • They have a winning attitude.Team members believe in themselves, their teammates, and their dream & don't allow negative talk to derail them.The ONE thing, perhaps the ONLY thing, we can choose in any circumstance is our attitude. • They keep improving.They highest reward for their efforts isn't in what they get from it, but in who they become because of it.When you set a goal, focus on becoming the person who can (and does) achieve it; that is the real reward. • They make their teammates more successful.Winners empower."Few people are successful unless a lot of people want them to be." - Charlie Brower
What Does a Successful Team Look Like? Successful Teams Say “Yes” To: • Do we trust each other? • Do we have concern for (not about; see #1) each other? • Do team members feel free to communicate openly? • Do we understand our team's goals? • Do we have a commitment to these goals? • Do we make good use of each member's abilities and strengths? • Do we handle conflict successfully? • Does everyone participate? • Do we respect our individual differences? • Do we like and enjoy being members of this team?
What Does a Successful Team Look Like? 4 Keys to Team Success: If you want to succeed as a team, you must know: • Personnel determine the Potential of the team. • Vision determines the Direction of the team. • Work Ethic determines the Preparation of the team. • Leadership determine the Success of the team.
Creating a Team "It marks a big step in your development when you come to realize that other people can help you do a better job than you can do alone." - Andrew Carnegie “C” Your Way Into Better Teamwork What does it take to Create a great team? • Commitment that inspires • Contributions that make a difference • Competency that raises the standard • Communication that increases effectiveness • Cooperation that creates harmony • Chemistry that enhances personal Connection • Creativity that enlarges the team’s potential • Conflict management that reduces tension rapidly • Cohesiveness that allows for rapid change • Community that makes the journey fun "No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it." - Halford E. Luccock "One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team." - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Team Conflict "One of the most reliable indicators of a team that is continually learning is the visible conflict of ideas. In great teams, conflict becomes productive. ...Conflict becomes, in effect, part of the ongoing dialog." - Peter Singe
Turning a Team Around Bill Walsh’s formula (San Francisco ‘49ers head coach who took them from a doormat to a dynasty in the 1980s) • Resist the urge to clean house. • Evaluate existing talent. • Give the team time to learn what you are looking for. • Seize control from the start. • A committee can’t save a sinking ship. • Make sure all major decisions go through you. • This instills confidence and “command & control”. • Take inventory of assets and obstacles. • Know your hand before you play it. • Personnel, attitudes, administration, perceptions, etc. • Find the hidden gems. • Look for raw talent, not just solid track record. • Look for potential, not performance.
Leading a Team "No matter how much work you can do, no matter how engaging your personality may be, you will not advance far in business if you cannot work through others." - John Craig "It doesn't make much difference how much other knowledge or experience an executive possesses; if he is unable to achieve results through people, he is worthless as an executive." - J. Paul Getty Leading a team begins with leading yourself. It requires: • self-awareness • self-discipline • planning • opportunity Self-leadership is challenging. Leading a team is even harder!
Leading a Team People on your team always want 5 things from you: • Authenticity that enables a solid connection • Confidence that empowers and inspires them • Awareness of and ability to meet people's needs • Ability to lead with strategic direction • Moments of victoryduring the journey
Leading a Team Paul “Bear” Bryant said there are 5 things winning team members need to know: • Tell me what you expect from me. • Give me an opportunity to perform. • Let me know how I'm getting along. • Give me guidance where I need it. • Reward me according to my contribution.
Enlarging Others Connect with the team and yourself. Connect with the team: know their strengths and weaknesses or you can not hand off responsibilities. Connect with yourself: know your own strengths and weaknesses or you will not hand off responsibilities. Leading a Team Leading a team is the highest expression of servant leadership; it embodies each principle: • You must be humble. • You cannot seek a position and have the team succeed. • You must be able to give up personal (ego) rights and instead find greatness in service to the mission and other team members. • You must trust to risk service to your team. • You must take up service to meet the group's needs. • You must share responsibility and authority to meet the greater need of the team's goal. • You must multiply your leadership by empowering others to lead - and developing them.
Personal Sacrifice for Team Success Sometimes you must sacrifice a small dream of your own in order to accomplish a bigger dream with someone else. It takes a courageous and humble person. The Law of Sacrifice: You have to give up to go up. Pick Your Battles • Spend time with people who are different from you. • In matters of personal preference or taste, give in.(Keep the main thing the main thing.) • Don't take things personally. • Practice the 101% principle: find the 1% you do agree on and give it 100%. • Be a servant leader. "[Some people's] unwillingness to sacrifice only makes individual goals more difficult to achieve. ...Talent wins games but teamwork and intelligence win championships." - Michael Jordan
A Team Needs Vision: Dream Bigger Even if you don't believe there is any way your dreams can come true, don't give them up. Instead, change strategies. Instead of working alone, be part of a team. • To Get There... • ToGetThere... • Together "Most of us are looking for a calling, not a job. Most of us ...have jobs that are too small for our spirit. Jobs are not big enough for people." - Studs Terkel
A Team Needs Vision: Dream Bigger Have Vision • Where there is no vision, the people perish. • "The first thing you do is teach the person to feel the vision is very important and nearly impossible. That draws out the drive in the winner." - Edwin Land Vision is VALUABLE V - Visualize what can be, not just what is. A - Appreciate others. L - Lead by example. U - Understand the big picture. A - Add value to the entire team. B - Bring home the bacon. L - Learn quickly from mistakes. E - Encourage others.
A Team Needs Vision: Dream Bigger A Dream is Essential • If you lead a team, you need a dream. • If you have a dream, you need a team. Florence Littauer: • Dare to dream: have the desire to do something bigger than yourself • Prepare to dream: be ready • Wear the dream: do it • Share the dream: make others a part of it and it will become even greater than you hoped
Building Your Dream Team • Make the decision to build a team. • action begins with decision (or a choice) • dedicate yourself to team building • take care of the team and it will take care of the dream • Gather the best players possible. • the better the players, the greater the potential for success • the bigger the dream, the better the team you need • start well and the rest of the process is easier
Building Your Dream Team • Pay the price to develop the team. • team building has a high price: energy time, and money • when you build a team, you pay with your life • but if you do, in return you receive a better life • Do things as a team. • Law of Connection: touch a heart before asking for a hand • create connection by doing things together
Building Your Dream Team • Empower team members with responsibility and authority. • the team achieves only when its individual members are vested with responsibility and authority • responsibility: gives them the desire • authority: gives them the means • empowered team members achieve more and help the team continually improve • almost 3 of every 4 employees are disengaged - that doesn't make for effective teams • if you have good players (the best possible), they seek empowerment for engagement; giving responsibility and authority in alignment with their strengths and passions will engage them beyond belief
Building Your Dream Team • Give credit for success to the team. • don't steal the ego food, especially as the team leader • to keep them fighting and engaged, nothing motivates like good, sincere, considerate, authentic, and meaningful recognition (certificates for length of time served don't do it) • put credit where it belongs: with the people who get the job done
Building Your Dream Team • Watch to see the investment in the team is paying off. • you can never afford to stop investing in: • yourself: a team only flies as high as the leader's thinking level • your people: almost no one grows naturally on his own • activity does not equal accomplishment • measure your investment • be sure you are doing the right things to help your people • the top 1% of business leaders know one of the pillars of success is to invest in constant personal development for the leader and the team FIRST, not investing in technology or other business aspects first • invest wisely by measuring and paying attention to what pays off
Building Your Dream Team • Stop investing in players who do not grow. • sadly, some people won't learn no matter what you do; "this guy couldn't grow with steroids", "you can lead a horse to water but you can't make her drink" • stop giving your best attention to those who are not growing • Jack Welch is known in part for cutting the bottom 10% performers each year during the turn-around stage; that may not always be necessary, but you also don't need to invest in the bottom 10% • Pareto principle (80/20 rule): invest 80% in your top 20% and your results will be greatly amplified • life is short: for every person who won't or can't grow, there is someone else who would love to benefit from what you have to give • if you're the person who won't grow and you are unhappy in your job, get out: stop taking up space in someone else's dream job
Building Your Dream Team • Create new opportunities for the team. • one role of team leaders is to help the team succeed; this involves finding new opportunities • always - every single day - look for ways to help your team moving forward • Give the team the best possible chance to succeed. • the team fails or succeeds together • be willing to fail in many small ways while testing and measuring en route to big successes from figuring out what works • If doing this right and growing the team, the success will be far beyond the initial dream
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