“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”
– Phil Jackson
Since joining Reveal, I have worked to embrace and support its 10 Principles and three core Values – Attitude, Belief, and Commitment. I have also seen how they relate as part of Reveal’s, core “team” structure.
And when I say team, I don’t necessarily mean a collection of athletes, but rather a group of people working together for a common, worthwhile purpose. As Andrew Carnegie stated, “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”
As Mr. Carnegie undoubtedly experienced, each team is a collection of diverse individuals. However, it is important to work together to achieve something truly special. Successful teamwork is one of the most exhilarating and productive human activities possible. Getting there is not necessarily a well-guarded secret, as a Google search of “successful teamwork” provides 55,000,000 results. I will highlight just 3 keys for effective and successful Reveal teams, whether in total or smaller groups – collective goals, communication and trust as they relate to Reveal’s values.
First, a team must understand and be committed to attaining its goal. Our mission includes using our knowledge of the supply chain as an indispensable link toward commercial success and social good. Reveal provides education and understanding, designed to enhance our client’s success. No matter our personal strengths or weaknesses, working together for the good of Reveal and its clients will result in meeting these goals.
Further, as a key part of the attitude, there should be open, respectful and balanced communications among all team members. No one person should dominate the conversation, all should be included and free to express their opinions and potential solutions. Being a good communicator also means thoughtfully listening and understanding what others are saying.
Finally, teams can succeed when through each member’s beliefs, they trust, support and respect their teammates–each having your back and you having theirs. As key components of commitment, attitude and beliefs, established goals, communication and trust lead to improved teams and their solutions and success.
In addition, we must also work together in ways we may never have done before–recognizing that others will see different ways to approach a problem. And don’t forget, teamwork makes the task more enjoyable and the job easier, because we should not and do not have to do everything ourselves. Finally, execute. Reveal employees must make high-quality decisions together and effectively carry out the decisions made. A real team gets real results through commitment and effort, not by accident or with speeches and slogans.
As a member of the Reveal team, we can each find our passion and be an important part of Reveal’s successful team.Tags: Goals, Reveal