Fresh off a win, reporters typically ask basketball players how many points they averaged or to share insights on individual stats.
But basketball isn’t a solo sport. One player’s prowess on the court doesn’t always guarantee a victory. The same holds true for your organization.
How differently would we interpret the game if reporters asked players, “Are you working together to be successful and move closer to your goals?”
To win consistently, all the players on your team have to be all in on each other’s success.
When leading an organization, it’s essential to remember we’re not the only player on the court. Heck, we’re not even the star player. In fact, there is no “star player”.
In a world that is so focused on individual statistics, how we enter that discussion—whether our focal point is to celebrate individual or team performance—will often dictate the path we take and whether that path leads to success.
Our team expects us to set the ground rules. Ask yourself if everyone understands your mission. Are you moving forward as a team? Is everyone improving? And are you working together to reach your goals?
Depending on which game plan you present, your team members will come to work prepared to tackle the day in one of two mindsets: How can I improve my own standing? OR How can I do my best work for the good of the team?
This is not to say we should toss all celebrations for individual achievements out the window. Far from it. The real mind shift here is getting everyone to think holistically about the organization, to embrace their critical role within it and to work together toward a shared win.
What are some simple ways you can start building a team mentality today?
Jason V. Barger is a globally celebrated keynote speaker, leadership coach and author of Thermostat Cultures, Step Back from the Baggage Claim and ReMember. He is founder of Step Back Leadership Consulting, a Columbus-based company that works with businesses and organizations worldwide. Connect via email at jason@JasonVBarger.com or on social media at @JasonVBarger.
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