We > Me
I think Daniel Coyle said it as well as it could be said in his book The Culture Code. His introduction is titled, “When two plus two equals ten”. This is exactly what happens on great teams. The performance of the team defies logic. We are trained to look at the pieces, add them up, and it should equate to the sum of the parts. But, for teams, that is rarely the case.
On some teams, two plus two might equal ten. On other teams, ten plus ten might equal two. And, sure, sometimes two plus two will equal four. The point is, there is something else at play that significantly impacts the performance of your team beyond the talent the team possesses.
Why Should We Care?
Every leader wants their team to overachieve, perform at a level beyond what their talent should dictate. As leaders, our ability to consistently draw this from our teams is the essence of coaching. It should be the gauge used for awards such as coach or manager of the year. However, like most everything else in society, those are more often given to the team that wins the most or the branch with the highest earnings - with no regard to the team’s performance relative to their potential.
There are a few things teams that consistently outperform their talent always seem to have:
REAL TALK - Action Steps
This is really the essence of coaching. How to get the most out of your team. Sometimes things work out that way for us and sometimes we fail in our attempt to get the best out of them. Nonetheless, this is the goal for all leaders. Here are a few things that I think enhance your chances of tapping into that unseen potential.
It’s not for everyone. There are a lot of reasons there aren’t a lot of great teams out there. This is one of them. Being on a team that overachieves is tough … and you can’t be tough alone.
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