THE CLIENT WISDOM BLOG PUBLISHED BY MBT MORE BUSINESS TODAY LLC
We rise together. We grow as a team. Insert a cliché – a rising tide lifts all boats; when one wins, we all win; two heads are better than one – and the meaning is the same. If we work together, we have a greater chance of succeeding. The question in business is, “what keeps us from working together?”
When working with clients at MBT, I hear one answer to the question, “Why don’t you work together on developing business?” The answer most often is, “Because we are in competition with each other.”
The structure within organizations often sets up a dynamic that pits individuals against each other. Healthy competition is a good thing and motivates people to perform. In less-healthy dynamics, competition creates favoritism, cliquey cultures, jealousy, and hopelessness.
The key to abundance is meeting limited circumstances with unlimited thoughts.Marianne Williamson
Much has been written about employee engagement and what is important to employees. You may have heard:
- People need to understand their contribution to the business and know that their contribution is valued.
- People want to be part of a winning team.
- People want to understand and be energized by the values of the organization.
What limits your team members? Look at the three things that are needed to engage employees. Do any of those resonate with you, because you know it is a strength or an obstacle for your team?
To embrace abundant thinking, an individual must be ready to let go of the obstacles and limitations that stand in the way. For a team to think abundantly, all members of the team must be ready to let go of limitations. What obstacles prevent your team from thinking abundantly? Here are some examples: Team members will find it difficult to be a cheerleader for a colleague when they believe that person is constantly rewarded or acknowledged. If the “favored” individual seems to receive the best or most visible projects, others on the team may believe there is no reward for quiet, hard work.
Think about your team and answer these questions:
- Are there written descriptions of the roles of each team member and what it means to succeed in each job?
- Does every member of the team have access to the descriptions and full understanding of the impact they make as a member of the team?
- Do individuals acknowledge the success of others on the team?
- How does the leader acknowledge success?
- Do team members bring problems and ideas to the leader?
- Are there insiders and outsiders on your team? Why? What could the leader do differently to be more inclusive?
Now close your eyes and visualize a shift to abundance thinking with your team. What does that look like? Individuals cheering for each win regardless of who succeeded. The team finding ways to solve problems without being limited by what happened in the past. Collaboration among team members who are motivated at work. What does your abundant picture look like?