I would be very surprised if this is the first time you’ve heard or seen this mantra – together, everyone achieves more.

Togther,
Everyone
Achieves
More.

Team. What a concept. People working together to achieve a common objective. Sounds pretty easy, doesn’t it? Yet the likelihood of all of us being on high-performing teams is pretty low. In fact, it’s not very common at all. Why is that?

Some of it has to do with training. Many organizations operate on the assumption that the people come in to the organization already knowing how to do it. Working on a team is a practiced skill that must be developed.

Some of it has to do with desire. Many organizations operate on the assumption that all people like to work together. The truth is, there are many lone wolves out there that prefer to work on their own and have no interest in being part of a team effort. They only do it because it is a condition of employment.

Some of it has to do with resistance to change. Some organizations have a culture of do-it-yourself. Weak managers see strong teams as a threat. Employees like doing things the way they’ve always done them and don’t see the value in a team effort.

Some of it has to do with compensation. If the organization talks teamwork but rewards individual performance, teams don’t have a chance.

But if you build a team, skill them up, protect them from an anti-change culture and weak managers and then reward, I mean really reward team efforts, then it might just be possible for T.E.A.M. to be more than just a poster on a wall.

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