By Shane Woodman, sales trainer
Published in the December 2015 issue of Generation Next Edition. Learn more.
times have you heard someone say, “No one else around here does anything”; “I do
everything around here”; or “That’s not my job”? Keep in mind, it’s probably an
emotional remark said out frustration in the moment.
I find those remarks to be false. The
reason is, we all carry out job responsibilities that tend to go unnoticed. Not
unnoticed in a bad way, just a common expectation of our duties. These unnoticed
duties are essential for the team/organization to be successful and win. It’s
the small things that help lift a team to the next level.
Two heads are better than
one, right? This is why we have committees and sub-committees within our
organizations. These bring a collaborative effort toward an idea or plan. In
order to successfully win as a team, each team member should complete assigned
Without new ideas, where do you think your
company will go? It’ll stay exactly where it is today, especially in this
fast-paced world we live in. This is why we have to work as a team and get
better at what we do.
What makes a good team?
What makes a good team or team member? Maybe it’s having the best
athletes, most highly educated group, or the most working experience. I believe
it’s the group that buys into the system that your CEO/manager lays out. You may
think your manager is getting on you about the small things, but what he/she’s
really doing is following through on the proper system to allow you as an
individual and the company to be successful.
This doesn’t mean you have to agree with
everything. It just means you should put your ego aside and trust the system.
Look at the most successful sports teams/franchises out there: the New England
Patriots, San Antonio Spurs and Green Bay Packers. They have a history of
success. Is it because they have the best talent? Maybe. Or maybe they have a
system in place that allows average players to become great players. As a
result, they become great teams. Trust in your organization to turn you into a
great employee to help build a successful team.
A great team
sticks together through adversity. It’s easy to point the finger in tough times,
but if you stay away from that, the quicker you’ll return to success. Emotions
run high in dire times. Negativity becomes contagious. Great teams will not
allow for negativity to bring them down. Work as a team to get out of the rut.
Each individual brings a skill to the team that may be untapped. Find those
areas in team members can succeed.
One of the most
important elements of a great team is trust. What does trust mean? Trust is the
belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest and effective. Those
sound like attributes I would like to have in my team members. When trust has
been compromised, it’s often hard to climb back. Earning and maintaining the
trust of your team members is vital for not only your success, but for the
company’s success as well.
Have you ever seen a group email that started
with “Team”? This would be from an individual trying to build a sense of
togetherness within a group of individuals. When you feel and act like a team,
great things will happen.
Learn about Generation Next .