Team Building: The Laws of Teamwork Part 3

The Laws of Teamwork Part 3Todays post we will talk about the next 2 Laws of Teamwork.  In part 3 we are going to summarize The Law of the Chain and The Law of the Catalyst.

I believe I have mentioned this before but I love the acronym of TEAM – Together Everyone Achieves More.  Once we all understand that we do not live in a bubble and together our team building efforts take on a new life.

John Maxwell not only understands Leadership but he understands how to put that in place to enhance teamwork and team building to all new heights.

So Here Are Laws of Teamwork 5 and 6

1.     The Law of the Chain

The Strength of the Team Is Impacted by Its Weakest Link.

As much as you would like to measure your team by your best people, the truth is that the strength of the team is impacted by its weakest link!

As much as you may want everyone on your team you need to understand three things about that.
1.    Not Everyone Will Take The Journey.
2.   Not Everyone Should Take The Journey.
3.   Not Everyone Can Take The Journey.

Anyone one of these type of people become a weak link and you need to be able to recognize that.  Letting go of someone that you care about and think should be a part of your team but is a weak link is sometimes the hardest thing to do.

If you are a team leader, you cannot avoid dealing with weak links. Team members who don’t carry their own weight slow down the team, and they have a negative effect on your leadership.

Several things may happen when a weak link remains on the team:

1.   The Stronger Members Identify the Weak One.
2.   The Stronger Members Have to Help The Weak One.
3.   The Stronger Members Come to Resent The Weak One.
4.   The Stronger Members Become Less Effective.
5.   The Stronger Members Questions the Leader’s Ability.

Anytime a Leader allows a weak link to remain a part of the team, the team members forced to compensate for the weak person begin to doubt the leader’s courage and discernment.

What does that mean to those of us who are team building a Network Marketing Business.  It means that all the time you spend on trying to make someone work or begging someone to stay or begging someone to join is not helping your team AT ALL!

You are going to have weak links on your chain and because of the profession that we are in you can’t fire them, but you can be diligent about who you choose to work with and who you spend your time with.

Don’t let a weak link suck all of your energy so that the strong links resent you and end up leaving for greener pastures.

2.     The Law of the Catalyst

Winning Teams Have Players Who Make Things Happen.

Catalyst are what John calls get-it-done-and-then-some people.  Every catalyst brings intensity to the table.

When crunch time comes, a catalyst becomes critical.  When the clock is running down and the game is on the line there are three kinds of people on a team:

1.   People Who Don’t Want the Ball.
2.   People Who Want the Ball But Shouldn’t.
3.   People Who Want the Ball and Should.

The third type are the catalyst and those who make it happen at crunch time.

Here are the nine characteristics that John believes every catalyst has:

1.    Intuitive
2.   Communicative
3.   Passionate
4.   Talented
5.   Creative
6.   Initiating
7.   Responsible
8.   Generous
9.   Influential

When you see many of these qualities in someone on your team then take heart and know you probably have a catalyst on your team that will make a great difference and taking your team building to a whole new level.

These are two great laws that all leaders who are striving to build a successful team big or small should take into account.

Previous Parts:

Laws of Teamwork Part 1
Laws of Teamwork Part 2

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