Lessons Learned: Why The Power of a Team is SO Important
OK – cards on the table. I have ALWAYS believed in teams – based on the simple fact that the more that people work together and have an understanding of the projects overall goals – the easier it is to achieve said goal when one of the teammates has to disappear – for whatever reason – for a while.
But the reality is – sometimes people find it easier to just do the entire job themselves. I am one of many who is guilty of this. I surround myself with people who WANT to help; for the greater good, because they believe in the project; or the objective, but at times I don’t want to admit I need help.
This is the WRONG way to lead – and a recent experience reminded me of this. Last month, during Engaging Associations Forum, I came face to face with a family emergency that not only left me unable to think about much else, but unable to stay at my own corporate event.
And, this is where I was reminded (like a slap in the face!) that teams are greater than one person trying to achieve a goal. Here is why:
- A great team demonstrates that the sum is greater than its parts. My team was able to pick up the pieces when I had to leave, and deliver the event in my absence. This is because they were well aware of what needed to happen, and when.
- A great team empowers the lead: While the lead may be responsible for the final decisions on various items – the lead is NOT the expert at everything; which is why the lead must choose its teammates carefully; bringing people into the fold that can help you achieve a common goal.
- A great team does not have to deal with hierarchy. Giving decision-making power to your teammates is important, from the outset. They can then start helping get tasks completed without having to question and get approval every step of the way.
- Teams can help respond to change: We had a few speakers bail out at the last minute, which was un-cool. But because my team was in place, we were able to (quickly) source solutions. In this case, the solution was all about crowd-sourcing content. But when faced with a few last minute changes, working alone can leave you frozen in the problem, unable to see a solution. Teams help you avoid that.
I always knew teams were important – but last month I truly was reminded why. Thanks to Frank Rockett, Mark Thompson and Bettyanne Sherrer for standing by me. I have the best team in the world!Let's Get Social! Follow us, or get in touch: