Hi there Family!!! It’s another great Friday & the month of June 2019 is a few days from becoming history!!
Have you met your goals & target for Q2? What are your plans to achieve Q3 targets & make the end of 2019 fulfilling?
Feel free to reach out to me if you need help & I would be more than happy to add you to the FB group:
In which we are building a community of goal getters.
Transforming from ME to WE!!
After I posted the last article on this topic last week, I realized that there is a need to run a prequel to that post just like they do in the movies.
The making of a great team actually starts from YOU as an individual.
You must inculcate the collaborative spirit by transforming your mentality from ME to WE.
This post is aimed at sharing some of the lessons I’ve learnt in managing projects & leading people to successfully achieve the required objectives.
To catch up on the previous post please click on the link below
John C. Maxwell published a book in 2001 titled “The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork” & last week’s post attempted to highlight the first 2 laws:
The Law of Significance
People try to achieve great things by themselves mainly because of the size of their ego, their level of insecurity, or simple naivete and temperament. One is too small a number to achieve greatness.
The Law of the Big Picture
The goal is more important than the role. Members must be willing to subordinate their roles and personal agendas to support the team vision. By seeing the big picture, effectively communicating the vision to the team, providing the needed resources, and hiring the right players, leaders can create a more unified team.
WHO ARE YOU?
There is no team without a team member or player & it’s impossible to achieve the required level of greatness without one, so let’s take some time & focus on this individual.
One of the very first principle that I learnt when I was starting out in my career was the ability to know myself. The late Dr. Miles Munroe was very clear about this he says “When purpose is not known, abuse is inevitable“. You as an individual must know yourself, your purpose, skills & abilities, if you dont know this, you will be abused as you’ll be in the wrong places, doing the wrong things & become frustrated.
To know yourself, you need to simply conduct a SWOT analysis & highlight your areas of Strengths & Weaknesses while also accessing Opportunities & Threats around you. The aim is to magnify your strengths while aligning them with opportunities, at the same time reducing your weaknesses & guarding against threats. This exercise will really help you to align yourself with your purpose in your career & in life generally.
If you’ve played the Electronic Arts (EA) Sports FIFA Football video game, you will see a player’s card with their specifications like speed, strength, dribbling ability, good in the air, etc. All of these are like SWOT analysis information to make you as the manager select your team.
It will be difficult to select & draft a player to the team if a manager doesn’t have their stats on a card, the same way it’s difficult for your line manager to do the same at work. Now the SWOT analysis is not just about the skills you have (like ability to use Microsoft Office), but also about your attitude & temperaments.
Some people say they prefer to work alone!! When I hear such statements, I know for a fact that the person is dealing with a chunk size of ego & has got some attitude problems that will not flourish in a team. As established before, one is too insignificant a number to achieve greatness.
My usual practice as a Manager when anyone joins my team is to ask the individual to prepare 2 things for me:
A SWOT Analysis: This allows me to see how best to deploy & engage them while working to reduce their weaknesses & threats as well as maximizing their strengths & opportunities.
Goals & Targets for the next 5 years: This allows me to align their goals & aspirations with that of the team & the business at large. I’ve realized over the years that when there is alignment between an individual’s goal & that of the organization, motivation & passion will occur naturally.
People get stressed & frustrated when there is a misalignment.
Does this work all the time? NO!!! Most of the time it works, but not all the time, some team members feel it’s none of my business to know their goals & some say they dont have a weakness to analyze.
Nevertheless, I keep on doing it & i’m encouraged by the results that those who go through the process get at the end of it all.
After the SWOT analysis is conducted, you as an individual now knows your value & what you can do. These can now be deployed by your manager to achieve set targets, goals & objectives.
The Law of the Niche
All players have a place where they add the most value. Essentially, when the right team member is in the right place, everyone benefits. To be able to put people in their proper places and fully utilize their talents and maximize potential, you need to know your players and the team situation. Evaluate each person’s skills, discipline, strengths, emotions, and potential.
How to transform from ME to WE?
Focusing on ME is a great way to start & it’s not bad as already highlighted above – you must know yourself first, understand your limits, your temperaments, skills, etc, but dont just stay there, with the knowledge about your value & what you can contribute in a team, you are now ready to transform ( it’s a process, a journey, it takes time) to WE.
To transform from ME to WE, the below key skills are required:
- Humility ( Drop the Ego)
- Meekness ( Teach-ability. You dont know everything)
- Confidence ( Have the required content)
- Empathy (Feel the pain of others)
- Listening skills ( You’ve got 2 ears & 1 mouth for a reason)
- Collaborate ( Mix your value with that of others)
- Accountability ( Be responsible for your actions & own it)
- Dependability (Allows others to count on you to deliver)
- Self Management (Be self driven!! Know WHAT you need to do, WHEN to do it & HOW best to do it)
- Be inspirational ( Let others be motivated to be like you, be a good example)
The list is not exhaustive.
I’ll like to leave you with the Business Dictionary definition of a team:
A group of people with a full set of complementary skills required to complete a task, job, or project.
(1) Operate with a high degree of interdependence.
(2) Share authority and responsibility for self-management.
(3) Are accountable for the collective performance
(4) Work toward a common goal and shared rewards(s).
A team becomes more than just a collection of people when a strong sense of mutual commitment creates synergy, thus generating performance greater than the sum of the performance of its individual members.
Are you still ME focused?
Do you really know yourself?
Have you conducted a SWOT analysis on yourself?
What are your goals & aspirations in life? Are they aligned?
Where are you on the road to transforming from ME to WE?
This is my snippet …….. I AM SHALOMESQ