In a competitive marketplace, it is guaranteed that your company will face marketplace obstacles & threats in your drive to success, from both external and internal sources.
A competitor is free to engage in competition with your company. At any time, they can step up their efforts to win over your clients to their company–and if your company has been successful, then this will be a certainty.
Your employees are working for you “at will”, and at any time they can quit working for your company with no notice–leaving an immediate skills void that can impact your service levels.
The question is, “What will your team do when an obstacle or threat emerges?”
Leaders of Surging Teams are not immune to the above types of obstacles & threats to their company’s success, indeed there are many more. However, consider the ways that a company which has transformed itself into a Surging Team responds to these obstacles & threats, compared to an ordinary company.
Surging Teams have developed a level of trust among the leadership and individual members that increases each member’s commitment to the team. They experience less turnover and more team loyalty. Even when presented with a competing job offer, they consider other critical factors and not only increased compensation. They know that accepting a new job, for an increase in compensation alone, can feel like a jail sentence if the job does not also maintain or improve their need for happiness and well-being. The leaders of Surging Teams have a goal of increasing these feelings of happiness and well-being for each of their team members. The powerfully positive collective spirit that develops on Surging Teams acts as an unseen force that the competition can’t see, measure, or prepare for. When such teams meet an obstacle, they use peer collaboration to source innovative ideas to get past the obstacle. If no existing best practice exists to defeat the obstacle, then the team leader will implement the innovation to move past the obstacle. They are constantly developing new best practices if the old ones are ineffective.
Regular teams do not have a powerfully positive collective spirit. Most of us have worked for such companies, where no feeling of camaraderie was present. Everyone did their jobs, but there was no spark, no feeling of team trust, and no active efforts by leadership to engage all employees, at all levels, in the company’s bold purpose. These are the jobs in our past that made us feel like we didn’t really matter that much, that the teams we worked on didn’t really needs us, and we longed for something more in exchange for our talents and our time. The key word is that these are jobs, “in our past”, because if you’ve worked in such an environment, you increasingly work to find something better and get out of there, and I hope you do, because there is something better if you know what to look for. When such teams face an obstacle, they usually stop, and the leaders of these teams try and renegotiate their objectives, delegate the task to a “subordinate”, or skillfully pass it along to another department–anything, as long as they don’t have to face the obstacle or threat themselves.
I’ve worked on both kinds of teams, but my times working on or leading Surging Teams were the best times in my career, and in the careers of everyone who worked on those teams alongside me. I know, because years later they still tell me. Everyone longs to work among a team of people who share a bold and worthy purpose, where each member of the team is challenged to use their most highly developed skills, and then together work to overcome the most daunting marketplace obstacles in a desperate and passionate drive to win. This is what we’re made to do, and when you work in such a Surging Team environment, you know it.
So, what will your team do when it faces a threat or obstacle? I know for certain what a Surging Team will do–they will find a way to win, together.
BOLDbreak has one purpose, and that is to provide team leaders and company owners the tools and training they need, to develop an unstoppable Surging Team, a team that repeatedly succeeds in achieving difficult and important company objectives. When teams win, increased company profitability follows! Contact me today and let’s discuss the actions that you as the team leader or company owner need to take in order to lead your team to success.
Until then, Keep Winning!