Saturday, December 6, 2008

Team Decisions for Added Value

What value are you giving to your organization?
This is a question that as a team member you ought to be focusing on. We spend time thinking "What are they doing for me?" This thought creates resentment and a victim mentality within yourself. By acting as a victim you start to keep score, a common response of a team member who keeps score is "I always have to load the paper in the copier, I am NOT going to do load the paper anymore, this place cannot run without me!"
Once your team members slip into victim behavior production sinks.

What is team leader to do?
One could begin to illustrate the behaviors that the team ought to model. The leaders must ensure accountability, not just for the numbers and productivity, also for behaviors. If team member sink into a Whats in it for me perspective this is a culture that is created by the leadership.
This type of leadership culture indicates a high turnover and a serious lack of return on your team investment.Team members that are accountable model a culture of self-directed team behavior.

Teams begin to ask, "what can I do for you" this mentality turns a team culture into people who have purpose. Purpose in that they feel they are giving value to their customers and team.
Team members want to feel that they are making a difference and their work is having an effect upon their team and those whom they serve as employees.

- Michael Cardus serves as an Adventure Consultant for Create-Learning Team Building. Mike facilitates, trains, and speaks to groups in a variety of settings including Fortune 500 Companies, small business, universities and classrooms. Currently he lives in Buffalo NY, he travels to serve your groups needs - where and when your group desires.