We could all try and identify who conjured up the phrase “People are our most important asset’’ unfortunately, it has become most irrelevant these days. A true fact being, in whichever company you work for, you must have surely heard that particular phrase before.
Similar faith have, by the way, taken all the references offered in connection with teams.
The extent to which some companies honour the above mentioned concepts, in practice, does undeniably vary. Nonetheless, they all tend to pay devoted lip service to them.
During ancient times, when people very rarely used the word team, people were indeed masters of team practice i.e.: They had to be, in any case, since their technological infrastructure were rudimentary, at best, but in fact truly nonexistent most o the time. Not only there were no computer networks to begging with and they certainly lived, most part, under no bricks nor mortar mode.
On those days, people used to live in tents for much of their history, without permanent dwellings. The only concern as permanent as ‘‘the people’’ were the flocks of sheep, goats, and cattle, and the land itself, which they did not necessarily occupied anyway.
A distinct advantage was their faithful respect for the engaging use of the human resource against tribes from whom they often defended themselves. They used to value individuals highly and they were able to galvanize those individuals into strong teams which sincerely subordinated their individual desires before the collective urgency.
Best modern leaders do place a strong value on people. They have realized the strong evidence when a team ring hollows as a consequence of any member of the team were not to feel valued as people, or if they see the team leader clamming all the glory while they do all the work.
“The active force is people. And people have their own will, their own mind, and their own way of thinking. If the employees themselves are not sufficiently motivated to challenge the goals of growth and technical development …there simply will be no growth, no gain in productivity, and no technical development.’’ ~ Peter Senge.
As soon as we could understand a team is more than the sum of its parts, the better would become our real chances for generating success. You See.! since olden times, people have achieved the most when they are to work cooperatively. Although they did not actually use back then any team terminology, and yet to hear the word synergy neither. Nonetheless, they had witnessed it enough, in action, as per to being able to figure it out i.e.: Two are better than one, not only because they have a good return for their work. but also the true fact that, If one were to fall down, his partner could help him back up once again. More over, although one could be overpowered, two were always able to defend themselves.
“A cord of three plies is not that easily broken.”
Just some facts to have eve present i.e.:
- A team might be a group of individuals who may have different needs but who are pursuing a common goal.
- An effective team is much more than the sum of its parts where as, any ineffective team shall always bring about less than individuals working on their own free will.
- Always acknowledge the unique talent, and motivation, of each team member.
- Ever remind each team member, how his actions contribute tothe team goals.
- Consistently advise team members that even the most powerful and competent leader cannot do it alone and that you need their help.
- Actively reward team oriented actions and/or attitudes.
The Bible on leadership by Lorin Woolfe; AMACOM 2002.
About the author:
Aly B. Moreno PhD, MPhil BsC, Textile Technologist, Colour Chemist, Chemical Eng; University Lecturer, CText. ATI, CCol. ASDC, Corporate SDC. Lean business strategist with a proven record enhancing corporations and family owned businesses thus generating profit growth leverage.