"One thing about championship teams is that they're resilient. No matter what is thrown at them, no matter how deep the hole, they find a way to bounce back and overcome adversity."
--- Nick Saban
The concept that working as a team in business provides greater success than a group of employees working alone isn't unique. It makes sense that when there is synergy, or a binding of the minds where everyone is working toward a common goal, the chances for success is greater. When we spend time watching a Little League game, we see that all members of a team, at least a good team, are working in unison toward the same goal, they want to win.
"People tend to work in teams, in a collaborative way, in an informal network. If you create an environment like that, it's much more effective and much more efficient."
--- Jim Mitchell
In business, if we are all working toward the same goal, all understanding all of the moving parts of the team and how they contribute to the end result that all desire, then we win. We succeed in achieving the goals previously established by the team. To succeed as a team, follow these three steps:
First, know that you have a team and help them do what they are already doing. Your employees don't work by themselves. Although it may seem that some of them work solo, on their own without a group of other employees around them, but they are still on a team. They report to someone, or someone reports to them, or they pass on work to someone else, and so on. There is a team concept at play in your business. Why not intentionally nurture and reinforce that team interaction?
"Teams need the opportunity to learn about each other's capabilities and develop productive routines. So once we get the right people on the bus, let's make sure they spend some time driving together."
--- Adam Grant
Second, provide direction for the team. The only way the team concept works is for the business leader to instill a sense of team play into their employees. Just like with the Little League team, the business team needs a coach or a leader guiding them toward success. Input from the team is essential in order for the team to succeed, but the business leader must guide and steer the team in the right direction. The leader serves as a rudder for the team, providing a vision and a purpose so that all team members know where the team is heading and how to get the team there.
"It's not the great stars that win; it's the great teams that win. It's the teams that subjugate their ego to the team and put the team first."
--- Robert Kraft
Finally, when success is achieved, reward the team and not just individuals. Recognize that the team is the machine that provides the success. It is true that the team is made up of capable, talented people, but know that rewarding the team, and not just individuals, reinforces the team concept. It galvanizes the team and solidifies their strengths as a unit. It is the team that wins which means that everyone wins!
"I work through teams. It's the only way I know how to work."
--- Angela Ahrendts