I love being part of a team. I love the feeling of camaraderie that comes from working through a problem and finally coming up with a great solution. I love the sense of accomplishment that I feel when my team brainstorms ideas and lands on something innovative and new. I also love knowing that when things are tough, there are people who have my back.
I’ve worked on a lot of teams in my life. Some have been energizing and positive, others have been frustrating and unproductive.
This year I’ve been reflecting on what makes an ELITE team.
Here are the “must haves” I’ve come up with:
1. Don’t just say what you think others want to hear-When members of an elite team reflect on their work or brainstorm ideas they must avoid the temptation to say what they think their team members want to hear. Elite team members respect one another enough to appreciate differences in opinion and see these differences as opportunities for learning and growth.
2. Be honest with the data-Let the data tell the story and look at it honestly. Just like in number 1, elite teams must be ready to see and hear things that they don’t really want to see and hear. Members must look honestly at the data and be ready to roll up their sleeves and make changes when necessary.
3. Don’t settle-When you think you’ve solved all the problems and answered all of the questions; you’ve actually only just begun. Elite teams are always asking more questions and looking for better ways to accomplish their goals.
4. Create something new-Elite teams are always looking to stay ahead of the curve and be disruptive. These team members attempt to look at common situations in uncommon ways in order to discover new ways to solve problems.
5. Panic-I’ve written about this one before-elite teams are always uncomfortable. Elite teams want more. Elite teams panic now! They don’t wait for others to tell them that they’re not good enough. Elite teams are always striving for more.
Is your team elite?
What else would you add to this list?
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