In 2015, I attended a StandOut strengths assessment certification training with The Marcus Buckingham Company. I connected immediately with the description provided on my own strengths. Since then I’ve been incorporating the assessment into my training and coaching. I love helping people see just how awesome they are and helping them leverage their innate strengths to make a greater positive impact in their work and life.
I recently had the opportunity to serve a young leader through coaching and team development. We spent part of our time discussing the very real challenges faced by her and her team and then spent the other part focusing on her strengths to lead the team forward. The most stretching part of our conversation wasn’t discussing the challenges but rather the struggle to accept the positive feedback.
We know that teams have the potential to achieve great results but getting teams to work together well is one of the greatest challenges leaders face. Fortunately, what is needed to be an effective team can be learned.
Cobb Asia Team Members Leading and Achieving Great Results in China
Facilitating team development trainings provides a unique view into what does and doesn’t work well for teams. Over time, I’ve consistently seen the best teams apply these 7 practices to achieve great results:
I want to lead a great team – don’t you? I want to work on big ideas that will have a big impact. I want to invest my leadership energy in people and projects that matter. I don’t think I’m the only one who feels this way. So where do we begin? We have to start where we are – but thankfully we don’t have to stay there.
One of the things I’ve been guilty of from time to time over the years is setting the bar too low – for myself and my team. This can take many forms, but today I want to talk about how if we’re not careful, we can set the bar too low as it relates to our team.
I’ve discovered key elements needed for creating high performance in a team setting – Talent, Skills and Community. Chick-fil-A President and CEO Tim Tassopoulos challenges our organization to be clear on some important distinctions in this arena.
“Teamwork represents a set of values that encourage behaviors such as listening and constructively responding to points of view expressed by others, giving others the benefit of the doubt, providing support to those who need it, and recognizing the interests and achievements of others.”
I boarded a plane today for my final trip of the year in route to the Philippines to work with our Asia team. As I made it to my seat I found a personal note from the attendant thanking me for my loyalty and wishing me the best this holiday. Later when I thanked him for serving me he responded with the words “It’s my pleasure”.
The phrase struck a chord with me for several reasons, one being that I had just purchased a book for the trip entitled, “It’s My Pleasure”. In the book, Dee Ann Turner reveals Chick-fil-A’s secret to building and sustaining a healthy culture. Having spent a number of years working for Chick-fil-A’s nonprofit foundation I’m very familiar with the culture and the phrase heard so often by customers in their restaurants. I still find myself using it today. What impresses me the most though is the influence Chick-fil-A continues to have on other leaders and companies.