We have heard every single ship analogy there is when it comes to teamwork. I’m not going to start listing them or even tell you how teams work better when they are all in the same boat. This blog is going to tell you how to get your team on the boat in the first place. You see, too many people focus on where they are going and neglect to look at who’s going with them. Don’t get me wrong, it is important to have a clear vision and goals. It is how you get people to invest initially, but there is so much more than simply casting the vision, you must share it.
When building a team, we have to remember that our vision and goals may not always align with the teams. Everyone has their personal aspirations and goals they want to achieve in their career, you included.
The real question.
How do you build a strategy, team, and set goals that feed into everyone’s vision and milestones, whilst achieving our own, and your business goals?
This is where sacrifice comes in. It takes a sacrificial kind of leadership to build a really great team. We sometimes have to take a detour on our own journey to help the team achieve theirs, and in turn benefit the organisation in achieving their goals. You see, when we buy into each other’s journey, we inadvertently begin to travel in the same directions and want the same things. We often try to push our vision on our team, instead, if we invest in like-minded people and share the business vision, our paths begin to meet, and our journey becomes even more exciting.
Get to know your team.
Sit down with them and work out where they want to be in five years, ten years. You can do a formal PDP session, but the most effective way would be to take them for a coffee. Find out their passions, their hopes and dreams. As cheesy as that sounds, you will discover that any individual will work their best when they are passionate about the project and they included and encouraged to achieve their goals. When they see that you are as invested in them as you are about the project, or “the boat”, then they will get on board.
Great teamwork is defined by a teams ability to collaborate.
As simple and obvious as that may sound it is an area that people get wrong all the time. They think that because they are together, they are all automatically going to travel in the same direction, but how do they know what direction to go in when you haven’t agreed upon a course of action or a common goal? Collaboration is much more than simply being a member of the team. It is sharing the vision, achieving the goals together, and enhancing the lives of those on the journey.