Envision a rowing team with one or two members out of sync. Right from the beginning, they start lagging behind the competition. If the team doesn’t quickly address errors, then winning becomes elusive as the boat falls behind.
Do you find yourself saying any of the following?
- If you want it done right, you just have to do it yourself!
- It’s so hard to find good help these days!
- This project is just too important to delegate!
- By the time I teach someone, I could just do it myself!
If any of these statements sounds familiar, it’s time to dare to delegate. Chances are, you’re spending too much time at work focusing on things that drain you.
At a recent business luncheon, a CEO was asked how many people work in his company: “About half of them,” he responded.
Sadly, this glib comment validates what Gallup has been stating for years. Employee engagement levels have hovered around 30% since about 2000, with the most recent statistic at 32% in 2015.
Engaged employees are enthusiastic about their work, dedicated to the success of the company and willing to go the extra mile to ensure it succeeds. They can take a company from good to great.
Although Thanksgiving is about enjoying great food with family and friends, the main ingredient of the holiday is gratitude. While Thanksgiving gives us a day to count our blessings, much can be said for the benefits of cultivating an attitude of gratitude year-round.
Scientists have proven that people who are thankful experience improved health, more positive emotions and better ability to handle stress. People who have an attitude of gratitude are also better able to reach their goals.
You’ve read it many times before: Successful companies are built by great teams who create strong cultures of excellence. But if teamwork is so important, then why are there so many average and dysfunctional teams?
Great teams don’t just happen. They're built on strengthening relationships between team members – one day, one interaction at a time.
The bad news is there are hundreds of negative forces that sabotage team health – like egos, politics, power struggles, lack of vision, or poor leadership. The good news is that it’s entirely possible to overcome these forces.