When teams do not have a clear authority structure, they do not have a clear resource structure. Everyone should know exactly who to talk to when they need something. Operating under authority comes with the benefit of having a place outside of ourselves to get resources from. When we link the idea of authority providing resources, we
Every team has an authority structure. Some teams have an ambiguous structure that doesn’t clearly define who reports to who. Other teams operate in a way that clearly identifies who is responsible for what and who reports to who. This clarity in authority is vital in moments of conflict, accountability, and adversity.
We don’t always get to pick our team but when we do, it is a great opportunity to put together a special group of people that will work together to accomplish more. A no brainer when we are talking about forming a team, right? If it’s such a no brainer, then why do so many teams put
I have learned that there are people who spend their day trying to minimize their workload. They do everything they can to get the most benefit for least amount of effort and the prospect of more of anything severely threatens that. If it means any more work, then they are against it. They may even shame the
Great teams are made of great teammates that will eventually leave that team. When a team loses a great teammate for any reason, the team suffers a loss. There is a period of adjustment that must take place because the absence of someone you counted on daily will be felt for a time. The team will adjust
Often times the person that takes initiative in a direction the leader wouldn’t have picked is the better choice for the leader role. Initiative is more difficult to teach than method. Therefore it makes sense to find someone with initiative and work with them to learn the best way to serve the team. Perhaps we should give
One of the best ways to spot a leader is to look for people that are not afraid to make and own a decision. If someone waits for circumstances to make a decision for them, they are not acting like a leader. If they only want to make a bold move after surveying everyone to get a
What if I have to do something that I never wanted to in order to achieve what I have never been able to before? Have I created an amoral line I would never cross that is actually a barrier to my goals? To be clear, “amoral” is something that is not right or wrong. No one should
Once you know where to aim, you must figure out how to hit the target. Just saying something doesn’t make it so. If the target or goal is something that you have never achieved before, you must be humble enough to go learn from someone who has. Don’t reinvent the wheel. Don’t fall into the trap of
Great teams are inclusive. They make sure that the amount of time working together is always more than the amount of time working alone. Even one-man tasks are better if a teammate uses it to train their back-up or replacement. Great teams know, believe, and behave in a way that demonstrates that they are better together.