Putting the ‘I’ into team
An oxymoron I know…there is no ‘I’ in team. And yet, the ‘I’ that is needed in teams relates to how we each show up as individuals in order to bring our highest level of contribution and performance to a team.
All of the principles of team effectiveness and power hold true – the sum is greater than the parts, collaboration and sharing the load, developing cross team understanding and communication and so on.
However, for teams to operate within a world that demands greater agility, flexibility and willingness to adapt and recast at speed, it falls on each and every team member to be working at the peak of their individual potential. Each individual within a team has responsibilities – not just technical or functional responsibilities, but the responsibility to continue to grow and develop their ability to be in effective relationship. Abilities which enable greater unity and oneness.
One of the key areas of focus needs to be taking responsibility for our communication capability – not just in our ability to be understood but also in our ability to understand. Naturally this brings us back to the core of listening – but listening with an open heart and open mind – really getting aligned with what our team mates are saying so that we can engage and respond from a place of connection.
There are other individual capabilities needed too. A well-developed capability to show compassion, a strong sense of commitment and ability to deliver on our promises, a willingness to shoulder our share of the load. I could go on but you get the picture.
The point of course is that team success is an ‘and/and’ game. It requires a powerful blend of both the individual and the collective and the challenges that are facing the world today require the very best teams to solve them.