Teaming is hard!

Sometimes being in a leadership position is tough! There are growing pains as you work on the process.

What is a Team?

From: http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/leader/leadtem.html

“A team is a group of people coming together to collaborate. The purpose of collaboration is to reach a shared goal or task for which they hold themselves mutually accountable. A group of people is not necessarily a team. A team is a group of people with a high degree of interdependence geared towards the achievement of a common goal or completion of a task, rather than just a group for administrative convenience. A group, by definition, is a number of individuals having some unifying relationship.

Team members are deeply committed to each other’s personal growth and success. That commitment usually transcends the team. A team outperforms a group and outperforms all reasonable expectations given to its individual members. That is, a team has a synergistic effect—one plus one equals a lot more than two.”

As I reflected on the definition above it allowed me to really think about the teams, to which I belong, and the role that I play within those teams. Am I doing everything that I can to hold others accountable? Are others doing the same for me? Am I deeply committed to the other team members personal growth? Am I committed to making the team process work? Am I willing to challenge others to think in a more positive way? Does it aid in their growth?

The second paragraph really resonated with me. Can we really call ourselves a team based on the explanation above or are we just a group performing tasks and checking boxes on our “to-do” list? Do our teams have the synergistic effect? If not, how do we get to that point? It might be lots of dialog varying opinions expressed, discussed and considered. It might be some

Building a true team takes time. It takes a lot of work on the part of the members that make up the team. It is the responsibility of those individuals to make sure they are truly committed to the team and the other members of the team. Team building is a tough process, but in the end the benefits are amazing!

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