What is the most important work in teams?

Blog photo 300x225 What is the most important work in teams?

No matter what type of team or it’s seniority, the most important work in all teams falls under one of the following three categories: Self, Team and Business

Self (I) 

 This work includes: 

  • Sharing about self (personal and professional aspects: both what is easy to share and what is harder to share) 
  • Learning about self (thinking preferences, personality traits, how others view us etc.) 
  • Improving self (getting feedback, acting on feedback, improving skills, practicing etc.)

 Team (WE)

 This work includes: 

  • Calibrating team maturity (what’s working, what’s not, how to get better etc.)
  • Building cohesion (deep trust, collective deliverables, teaming skills etc.)
  • Establishing infrastructure (meetings architecture, rules of play, scoreboard etc.)

 Business (US)

 This work includes: 

  • Setting the direction (purpose, goals, roadmap etc.) 
  • Building capability (individuals & teams, technical & leadership etc.) 
  • Driving Execution (planning, allocating, implementing, monitoring, adjusting, solving etc.)

Many teams invest very little time/effort/energy on self and team, and as a result fail to realise the dividends that accrue from this investment: dividends in the form of both faster and superior business results, and higher levels of engagement and fulfilment.  

 Furthermore, I also believe: 

  • the deeper the work on the self, the stronger the team becomes
  • the stronger the team becomes, the better the business results  

What about the team you lead and/or the team you are part of? 

  • What is your team’s investment in “Self to Team to Business (STB)” ratio?
  • What does it need to be?
  • What can you do to influence the desired shift?

 

 

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