Teamwork – Part IV
Picking the right team members is an important skill for leadership. Last week we looked at the priority of selection.
This week we emphasize the dual emphasis of building a team with members who have a variety of skills but who share a unified commitment to the mission of the organization.
Teamwork – Part IV
Teamwork - Part III
In the past two weeks we have confirmed the value and power of teamwork. Today we turn to a key action step for developing effective teams: Selection.
Selecting the right people for the team is a critical step. Great team players can make powerful contributions to the mission of the organization; whereas even one poor choice can seriously derail the entire effort. With that in mind, here are three key attributes to keep in mind when selecting team members. They are listed in priority of importance.
Several years ago I was sitting in a meeting of successful CEO’s where the discussion was focused on hiring a leader for a non-profit we were collectively assisting.
The conversation took a turn when the co-President of a very large and successful clothing retailer made the statement, “The best person for this job is a team.”
On Valentines Day there is a lot of talk about love. OK. What does that word mean?
For instance: It would be a bit of a misnomer to say that I love my wife of 36 years (and I really do!) and then in the next breath to say, "I love chocolate."
I'm just sayin'...
The times we are in require leaders who are not passive.
In fact, history repeatedly demonstrates that some of the greatest injustices have occured simply because leaders were passive at a time when taking a stand could have prevented a downward spiral into disaster.
We live in such a time.*
We need to become leaders who are not passive; leaders who in fact disdain the very thought of passivity.
So exactly what is passivity?
When Stephen Covey wrote his now famous book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, he included an entire chapter entitled, Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw.
Covey defined this, in part, as follows, “Sharpen the Saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have--you. It means having a balanced program for self-renewal…”
He was right.
For those who are old enough to remember the original Star Trek television series, there was an opening sequence to the show each week that recited the mission of the Starship Enterprise. The line that I remember is this, “…to boldly go where no one has gone before…” Don’t you just love that line?!