There is no language in the business world about what a professional does. What good is a title if we don’t understand what a professional is gifted at doing? The key to employee engagement, chemistry, and productivity is taking that next step as a leader and understanding what your talent is. There are many similarities between sports and business: competition, preparation, goal setting, and teamwork are required of both. The gap I fill is helping the business world know and benefit from what the sports world already understands. Slotting a player into a position takes about 15 minutes, but understanding what a professional does and where they fit is where the magic happens. In my 15 years as a peak performance and teamwork guru, I’ve told many people that you can’t build a team with chemistry if you don’t know what a person does innately. How can you build a team around you if you don’t know what you do?
In basketball, there are a lot of point guards, but they are all very different. Russell Westbrook, a perennial all-star and an NBA superstar, is an athletic, hard-charging, ball of energy. He plays with a relentless and reckless abandon that has grown on most basketball purists. Steph Curry, another point guard and MVP, is very different. He is an excellent shooter with amazing intelligence for the game. They are both amazing NBA point guards, but they couldn’t be more different.
If you take a look at your org chart, you have a bunch of titles in your organization. However, your task is to determine what each professional does and how each person fits. We started by asking what you do. How do you influence your organization? I know you are an executive, but what do you do? The first flaw that I saw in business leadership was that leaders weren’t perfectly secure in their own skin. How can you build a team around you if you aren’t completely sure of yourself? Once you know what you do, it’s about backfilling your organization with the right balance of abilities and strengths—not titles.
It’s a puzzle to build a team, but as a leader, you are the first piece we need to figure out. Building teamwork is no different. This puzzle has five pieces, and every department needs to have each of these pieces represented with the right balance.
Our teamwork concepts will save you the lost time and frustration of hiring the wrong person. Our teamwork principles and strategies will empower leaders with self-discovery and a new language to empower leaders to build, repair, and equip your team to thrive. The benefits are increased production, increased employee engagement, less attrition, better hires, and more.
Your job is to analyze—with our help—each person on your org chart by what they do so that each piece fits and works in harmony.
That is what makes sports so exciting: athletes express themselves differently, and the coaches and GMs make it all fit. This is a tough task, but it should be exciting to finally have some language to help you build your teams and kick some real butt.
If you are a leader, this is your job. With iTEAM, we are about to teach you a strategy that will empower you to build winning teams in your sleep—and fix broken teams too. In fact, after I am done with you, you will be able to teach HR a thing or two about teams. You can’t be an effective leader without understanding and becoming an expert on teamwork.
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- Build trust and respect between team members.
- Collaborate and best use of each team member’s talents.
- Ignite mutual understanding and respect.
- Delegate tasks in a way that magnifies strength.
- Build micro-teams and how to fix dysfunctional teams.
- Boost employee engagement and job satisfaction.
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