“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” (Unknown origin)
Choose goals that can only be achieved with teams.
When I asked three time Navy Seal platoon commander Alden Mills to explain his interest in teams, he started talking about poor individual performance and remarkable collective success. (See video below)
Toxic teammates say:
- That’s not my job.
- They don’t pay me to care.
- It doesn’t matter.
- Good enough.
- It can’t be done.
- It never ….
- They always ….
- Not my problem.
- Can’t see it from my house.
- Yeah, but…!
One bad apple DOES spoil the who bunch.
“[Will] Felps estimates that teams with just one deadbeat, downer, or asshole suffer a performance disadvantage of 30 to 40 percent compared to teams that have no bad apples.” (Bob Sutton in Good Boss Bad Boss.)
Teams can do what individuals can’t.
7 traits that characterize unstoppable teammates:*
- Competence – a curiosity to learn new skills and develop mastery of new subjects.
- Perspective – thoughtfulness about the way past experiences and challenges have shaped attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors.
- Communication – the ability and willingness to express ideas and emotions.
- Drive – a can-do spirit, a strong work ethic, a hunger to succeed.
- Humility – inclusiveness, self-awareness, and respect for others.
- Flexibility – an openness to new perspectives and the adaptabililty to let go of one idea or belief to embrace another.
- Selflessness – a willingness to serve others and to place the truth and others’ interests above self-interest.
You learn that success is all about the person to your left and right.
What do lousy team members say or do?
What do you look for in great team members?
(*”Unstoppable Teams,” by Alden Mills)
Purchase: Unstoppable Teams: The Four Essential Actions of High Performance Leadership, by Alden Mills
Shooting at the wrong basket!
Bonus video: A Navy SEAL’s Plan for Self Knowledge and Humility