When my sons were young kids, they swam on a local swim team. Every swimmer was given a t-shirt with the slogan "TEAM means Together Everyone Achieves More" printed on the back.
Are you part of a team? Or a team leader? Or a manager responsible for teams in your organization? If so, here is a way to turn this slogan into an operating model for your team.
For each word in the TEAM acronym, I offer some questions that you and your team can use to discover resources to improve your team's performance.
Together - How well is the team working together?
Everyone - Is everyone on the same page? Is everyone pulling in the same direction? Can everyone be counted on?
Achieves - How well is the team achieving its goals? What is working? What could be improved?
More - What more could the team do to work more effectively as one?
The legendary baseball player Babe Ruth said it well: "The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime."
He was right. Teamwork doesn't happen automatically. It's something you build. (That's where the term team building comes in.)
What is keeping your team from reaching its full potential?
Posted by Terrence Seamon on Monday November 7, 2011