How is it that certain teams achieve extraordinary excellence, day after day, year after year and manage to stay committed to each other, their customers and their organization’s mission ?
A healthcare start up ….. successful doctors, experienced healthcare professionals and a seasoned healthcare entrepreneur got together. Hired people with rich experience in healthcare. Much excitement and hope !! Great Aspirations …..
The only issue ….. aspirations were on different vectors.
Six months from start, issues erupted. Differences on ‘What to do’?; ‘How to do ?’; ‘Who does ?’ ….. Everything.
Difference of opinion should be welcome and healthy discussions throw up agreed and effective directions.
Instead bitterness creeped in; operations stalled; could not see/talk to each other. All within one year.
Reason : Each of the ‘promoters/founders’ joined in with a different agenda, thought process, assumptions. On the surface all looked ‘Rosy’ ….. A new start up healthcare business in the age of healthcare, by people experienced healthcare.!!
The core was never discussed. A ‘Shared Mission’ was never there.
Reasons to get together were as many as the number of people who got together ….. valuation in ‘X’ years, gain startup credentials, clinical excellence, long term business, more leisure time ….. and so on
The mission was aborted within 18 months and all went their own ways …..
In another well run set up, absence of a shared sense of Values and Direction created a severe deadlock, stalling all operations for a long period of time, demotivating the team, forcing many to leave.
The fact is that while all teams are groups, not all groups are teams. A group becomes a true team only when its members support and enhance each other’s performance and contributions … when they work together to achieve results that are bigger and better than those that could be realized individually
Build a team of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals, and approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable ~ team definition by Katzenbach/Smith
Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.
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