The IMF Team began every mission by meeting together. At the end of each mission, they always left together. There is a very important reason why this happened. No matter how good we each are, we cannot get the job done alone. We need help from others and we, in turn, must let the others on our Team understand that we are there to help them whenever they need it.
This goes back to the old saying, “We will either win together or we will lose together.”
Imagine if the IMF team came back from a failed mission and Mr. Phelps had said, “Well, MY part of the mission went well. In fact, I think if you look back at my performance, you’ll see that I did not make any mistakes whatsoever. Barney might have screwed up… or Cinnamon… or Willie… If anyone failed, it was one of them, not me… so I guess you can just put this down as a win in MY dossier, Mr. Secretary.”
It is imperative to understand that success will only come when we act as a proper TEAM. At my company, Daphne Utilities, we constantly say, “We’re One Utility…not a bunch of people who coincidentally have the same logo on our shirts.”
If you are not actively working to bring your Team together… If your Team is fractured…
If your Team is not focused first and foremost on helping the entire Team to win together…
…then you and your Team are planning to fail. Period.
ACTION: What are you doing to bring your team together?
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