People are placed into teams every day whether be it work or play. However we are more familiar with the team setting in an organization. We are always anxious about forming a team with the objective of solving a problem or to tackle a crisis.
However the question to ask is are they the right one? The right one is referring not to the key members within, because most of the time the member does have the right competencies to accomplish the mission at hand. Okay… there are times when member do show up at the wrong place and time with disastrous results.
However lets bring things forward a little step. We know most of the time teams are formed quite randomly – almost at an instant. However can we ask ourselves one question right now?
“What must come before a team formation?
The consequences of a team formation without the first crucial X-factor are familiar to all of us right now. More Work! More Fire-fighting! More Hours! Less than desired energy and results.
However it does not mean that more work, more fire-fighting or more hours is not desirable, it is provided the team is having fun! People are more willing to ‘fight’ the battle together when having fun! I had the privilege of working in a small team where we were having fun in our work everyday – ok…almost everyday!
But we got the point! It’s so much easier to generate results and people going the extra miles when they are enjoying themselves, and not the superior or bosses breathing down the neck and still not getting the desired result.
Well…some people might say, “It’s easier said than done!” I say, “Of course it is!” When was the last time your team was having fun learning from one another in work, in a training, in a social setting, over a break or lunch, other than the once-in-a-year corporate retreat.
Do we view teambuilding per se as a once in a year ‘milestone’? Or do we incorporate TeamBuilder traits as part of our 250 working days. Of course there are some people who prefer to work alone, but all people like to work in great team! Provided they are great team!
So what is the first X-Factor? The answer is quite obvious by now. We shall tell you more in the next email issue!