I have the privilege of coaching a group of fourteen year old boys who play highly competitive ice hockey. Since we are based in Florida, we travel extensively to play good teams from more traditional hockey states in the North. Our boys are incredibly dedicated, committed, and fiercely competitive.
And each one of them is a unique individual with their own diverse talents, weaknesses, opportunities to improve and goals for the future.
I also have the privilege of leading a group of professionals who work in a highly complex specialty healthcare organization. Since we are based in Florida, we recruit nationally to ensure we bring the right talent into our organization. My team is incredibly dedicated, committed and competitive too.
And each one of them is a unique individual with their own diverse talents, opportunities to improve and goals for the future.
The key for me in both situations is that I need to understand, support, and most of all respect each individual for who they are. Asking people to work as a team is one of the most effective ways to achieve world class results. Not appreciating the unique differences each team member brings to the group however will result in a monumental failure.
Don’t fail. I don’t like it when I do…you won’t like it either.
How About You
Do you rely on teams to accomplish great things? As part of that strategy is everyone expected to read from the same script, using the same words and behaviors day after day? Why? You’re missing out on the diverse strengths each team member can bring.