Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I’ve Got Your (My Own) Back

“I’m very loyal to my company. I’ve always been a team player and make decisions based on what’s best for the team. If we don’t work together, we’ll never make real progress.”

Sure. We all totally believe that….and have said it…and probably meant it some of the time too.

Loyal To Who?
The concept of being loyal to an employer is an intriguing one, particularly for those employees that are highly motivated to advance. What happens when several high performers are competing for a limited number of promotional opportunities? What if they’re all part of a project team? How does that work? Do they kick off each session with an “all for one and one for all cheer?" Or, do they reach for their favorite back stabbing implement instead?

Hard to say.

But I Thought the Team Was All About Me
Working on a high performing team, whether at work or on a sports team involves the appropriate balance of individual impact and coordination with others. This can be a very delicate balance, primarily because what one person perceives as going the extra mile may be interpreted as trying to outshine the others. So who is supposed to not only recognize these subtleties, but also intervene and manage the potential conflicts appropriately?

You, that’s who.

How About You
How do you handle the common misperceptions that arise when a great team is working hard? We’ve all seen good people struggle to work together. If we’re wondering why they’re having problems the answer is simple. We’re still wondering why, instead of doing something about it.

When your people feel threatened by others do you resign yourself (and your respect) to the fact that they’re adults and should figure out their problems on their own? Or, do you guide, coach, and lead the way?

I’d love to hear from you.

No Excuses.

pics courtesy of nikhilsworld and impact-learning

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