How do you build teamwork in your organization, business or congregation? What is the chemistry needed to help a group of people turn into a growing and robust network of skills and talent?
There are many opinions about how to build teamwork. Tom Phillips has written an exciting chapter in Geoge Barna’s book, Leaders on Leadership about this subject. The title of that article is “Building a Team to Get the Job Done.” Here is a quote from Phillips that can help any leader who is trying to build teamwork within their organization.
“A team needs people who have a Nike heart.” Most of the great CEOs and businessmen I have known operate in concert with the famous Nike slogan, “Just Do It!” This does not mean they don’t do their homework and get the facts. They live in the midst of facts. When the decision arises, they can usually make them rapidly. They are constantly on the edge of decision making, continually assimilating facts in preparation for those decisions. A good team operates with adequate and accurate communication, constantly feeding the team leader necessary information so that he will be sufficiently informed for decision-making. Each team member, on the other hand, should know his respective area better than the team leader.
Sometimes people get so focused on planning that they never get around to doing. Teams that function best are those that advise strategic plans, and quickly turned them into tactical plans they implement. A plan not implemented is of limited, if any, value.” (Tom Phillips in Leaders on Leadership. “Building a Team to Get the Job Done”, chapter 11.)
Does your team have a Nike heart?
Is your organization able to make decisions rapidly?
Do you have clear and adequate communication within your group?
Does your team convey necessary information to accomplish the task?
Does your organization turn plans into action quickly with a strong implementation?
Are you ready to build teamwork?