There are three common ways used to achieve team success, only one works over the long-term:
Do what the leader says is right, do what you think is right, and do what the team agrees is right.
“In the end, team success only comes when working towards a common vision.”- Denis G. McLaughlin
Do what the leader says is right, follow the rules. Which leads to this….
- – Short term activities that have no long-term vision attached
- – Waiting for direction
- – No sense of belonging to anything bigger than the activities
- This may lead to short-term success, but over the long haul it falls short. Rules from the top can never cover every decision that must be made in every circumstance.
- Mike Krzyzewski, the first coach in NCAA Division I basketball history to record 1,000 victories said, “The truth is that many people set rules to keep from making decisions.”
- Do what you think is right, make up the rules. Which leads to this…
- – Short term activities that have no team-centered vision attached
- – Searching for direction
- – No sense of belonging to anything bigger than yourself
- Even if every person has the best of intentions, they come from a limited perspective. Each individual can have a unique view of success for the team and will head in their own direction to pursue that success.
- Hockey great Wayne Gretzky said, “Hockey is a unique sport in the sense that you need each and every guy helping each other and pulling in the same direction to be successful.”
- Do what the team agrees is right, agree on the rules. Which leads to this…
- – Short term activities that lead to achieving the long-term, team-centered vision
- – Having a direction
- – Belonging to a group who together achieve success
- Vince Lombardi, one of the most successful NFL coaches and namesake of the Super Bowl trophy said, “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
- In the end, Team Success only comes when working towards a common vision.