Do you want to accomplish something significant in your life?

I know I do, and most people do. As Steve Jobs put it, we all want to make our “dent in the universe”. We want to know, at the end of our lives, that we had meaning. That we meant something to someone. This is our legacy, and it’s a universal human desire.

I have worked for many years to be a better leader, so that I could make a bigger difference in the lives of the people on my team. I want to make their lives more meaningful, by giving them meaningful work and helping them to understand how their work is making a difference for the people they are working for, for the company, and for themselves. I love the symmetry of win/win/win.

Unless your goal is really small and self-focused, you need others around you to help you make it a reality.

As John Maxwell puts it: “One is too small a number to achieve greatness”. He calls this the “Law of Significance” and it’s his first law in The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork. Although this was published in 2001, it is a foundational work and is required reading if you want to learn about teamwork.

Although there are many reasons why teamwork is important, here are my top ten (in no particular order):

  • Teams simply bring more people into the mix, giving more energy, time, resources, and ideas.
  • Teamwork maximizes strengths and reduces weaknesses.
  • Teamwork gives people a sense of belonging.
  • Teams bring more views (perspectives) of the situation. As Ken Blanchard said: “None of us are as smart as all of us.”
  • Teamwork helps people grow and develop.
  • Teamwork creates synergy — where the sum is greater than the parts.
  • Teamwork increases accountability at all levels.
  • Teamwork promotes the sense of camaraderie. Teams share the lows (and losses) that inevitably happen, and they celebrate the highs (and victories) when they succeed.
  • Teamwork reduces risk — more people allow for coverage due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances.
  • As a Christian, I am called to live in community with other Christians. This involves being on a team.

Why do you think Teamwork is important? I would love to hear your comments!

 

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About the Author:

Dale’s passion is to help business leaders live with heart, integrity and significance. Heart leads to real connection and trust, which is the basis for all relationships and especially for cohesive teams. “Nothing worthwhile was ever done alone.” Integrity ensures that you can be trusted over time. “Say what you will do, and do what you say.” Significance keeps you focused on the eternal, not the worldly. “Store up treasures in heaven.” Dale’s diverse background began in the technology world with a BS degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin. After several years of technical work, he progressed into management, then consulting, then leading consultants, and finally executive management, at companies from startups to multi-nationals. Becoming a born-again believer mid-way through that journey and being mentored by a business executive, Dale saw the integration of faith and work as an inspired and necessary goal. The meteoric rise of a technology startup where Dale was the Executive Vice President in the early 2000’s brought success for a while, but the equally spectacular implosion due to poor team dynamics sent Dale on a quest to understand teamwork and leadership. From John Maxwell to Jim Collins to Stephen Covey to Patrick Lencioni, Dale has read, studied, and trained with the best. Dale was able to put that training to good use a few years later when he sold a multi-million dollar Managed Services engagement at a large energy company, displacing the entrenched incumbent. Dale built the team, which has been in place for over a decade even though Dale has not been involved with them for several years. While this story was unfolding, Dale has served in the church as a life group leader, study group facilitator, deacon, and head usher. Dale has also served on mission trips to Costa Rica and on various boards and committees. In early 2011, Dale was able to start bringing these somewhat separate faith and work threads closer together by becoming a Certified Professional Life (2013) and Leadership (2016) Coach through the Professional Christian Coaching Institute (PCCI). Since mid-2011, Dale has been coaching business leaders around issues of heart, integrity, and significance. God has given Dale the gifts, talents, insight, and experience to facilitate diverse groups of business leaders while integrating faith and work issues. Dale is single and lives in McKinney Texas, a northern suburb of Dallas.

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