Team Excellence

Team Excellence

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford

In 2006, 84% of U.S. employees were team-based. In 2013, that percentage is most likely much higher. Why? In general, individuals are limited as to what they can accomplish by themselves. In turn, they must collaborate and team with others to efficiently achieve outcomes greater than they can produce by themselves (i.e., 1+1=3). As business becomes more competitive and industries get more specialized, effective teaming is more critical. Business consultant, Jesse Lyn Stoner, recently outlined six benchmarks of team excellence on her blog. They include:

  • Alignment – Team members are aligned around a shared definition of success or vision. Individual and team goals are regularly communicated and each member understands their specific role and responsibilities.
  • Commitment – Members have a deep commitment to the team and each other. Commitment to the team involves realizing the vision. Commitment to each other involves being personally accountable for your part.
  • Empowerment – Each team member has the power to do what is necessary to get the job done. They are free to make decisions within the boundaries of the initiative or project.
  • Passion – Effective teams are fueled by confidence, energy and enthusiasm as they work toward realizing the long-term vision. Excitement causes members to embrace change and grow capability.
  • Process – Processes are put in place to create an environment of collaboration and teaming. Processes include information sharing, open communication, problem-solving, etc.
  • Results – High-performance teams consistently deliver outstanding results over the long-term. Aggressive, clearly defined goals are consistently met, both on an individual and team basis.

It is often said that there is no “I” in team. While there is no “I” in team, there is an “I” in win. Winning in business is a team sport. Effective teams are comprised of individuals that prepare every day to play at their best to help the team win. Achieving team excellence means always playing (working) like you mean it. It means holding yourself accountable for meeting your obligations to the team and its overall success. People committed to the team and winning always give their best even when the odds are stacked against them. [T]ogether [E]veryone [A]chieves [M]ore.

All contents copyright © 2013, Josh Lowry. All rights reserved.

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