Team Building: Laws of Teamwork Part 7

Team Building: Laws of Teamwork

So here we are on the next to the last part of this 8 part series on the Laws of Teamwork.  I want to give credit again to John Maxwell for writing his book and I encourage you to get The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork and read the whole book to get everything he has to offer.

Throughout this series we have been learning about things like the law of Significance, the law of Mount Everest, The law of the Compass, and many more.

So today we are going to delve into Laws of Teamwork 13 and 14.  Tomorrow we will finish this series talking about the last 3 laws, 15, 16, and 17.

So let’s get this party started with The Laws of Teamwork 13 and 14

1.     The Law Of Identity

Shared Values Define the Team.

Just as personal values influence and guide an individual’s behavior, organizational values influence and guide the team’s behavior.

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We’ve all seen those teams that have a common goal yet lack in common values.  Everyone on the team has a different idea about what’s important.

Communication of the team’s values is the place to start with the Law of Identity.  Here are the 6 core values that John shared with his team:

1.   The Personal Growth of Each Team Member.
2.   The Priority of Adding Value to Others.
3.   The Power of Partnership.
4.   The Practice of Raising Up and Developing Leaders.
5.   The Proper Stewardship of the Organization.
6.   The Purpose of Glorifying God.

If you values are the same as the team’s, you become more valuable to the team.

If you want to add value to your team and help it reach its potential, then you need to share in its values. First, make sure that you know what they are. Then, examine your values and goals in comparison to them.

If you can wholeheartedly buy into the team’s values, commit yourself to aligning yourself with them. If you can’t, then your misalignment will be a constant source of frustration to you and your teammates.

And you might want to think about finding a different team.

As the leader of an organization, you have responsibilities when it comes to the team’s values. I recommend that you proceed by following these steps:

• Know the values that the team should embrace.
• Live the values.
• Communicate the values to the team.
• Obtain buy-in of the values through aligned behavior among teammates.

2.    The Law of Communication

Interaction Fuels Action.

When people don’t communicate effectively, the result can often be comical.

John relays an illustration for communication. Years ago, I came across the following illustration that conveys what I mean. It is made up of a series of memos on a college campus:

President to Academic V.P.: Next Thursday Halley’s Comet will appear over this area. This is an event which occurs only once every 75 years. Call the Division Heads and have them assemble their professors and students on the athletic field and explain this phenomenon to them. If it rains, then cancel the observation and have the classes meet in the gym to see a film about the comet.

Academic V.P. to Division Chairmen: By order of the President, next Thursday Halley’s Comet will appear over the athletic field. If it rains, then cancel classes and report to the gym with your professors and students where you will be shown films, a phenomenal event which occurs only once every 75 years.

Division Chairman to Professors: By order of the Phenomenal President, next Thursday Halley’s Comet will appear in the gym. In case of rain over the athletic field, the President will give another order, something which occurs every 75 years.

Professor to Students: Next Thursday the President will appear in our gym with Halley’s Comet, something which occurs every 75 years. If it rains the President will cancel the comet and order us all out to our phenomenal athletic field.

Student Writing Home to Parents: When it rains next Thursday over the school athletic field, the phenomenal 75-year-old President will cancel all classes and appear before the whole school in the gym accompanied by Bill Halley and the Comets.

 The success of your team to work together is dependent on good communication.

Every team has to learn how to develop good communication in four areas.
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1.   From Leader to Teammates.
2.   From Teammates to Leader.
3.   Among Teammates.
4.   Between the Team and the Public.

How committed are you to communicating with the other members of your team?

Are you supportive of everyone, even the people who aren’t your friends?

Are you open and vulnerable, even if it’s not pleasant?

Are you holding a grudge against anyone on the team?

If you are, you need to clear the air. If there are any barriers to good communication standing between you and another team member, you need to remove them. That is your responsibility.

As the leader of an organization, you set the tone for communication.

A leader’s communication must be consistent, clear, and courteous.

But leaders must also be good listeners. When leaders don’t listen . . .

• They stop gaining wisdom.
• They stop “hearing” what isn’t being said.
• Team members stop communicating.
• Their indifference spreads to other areas.

Ultimately, poor listening leads to hostility, miscommunication, and a breakdown of team cohesion.

I hope this post has helped you two more laws of Teamwork and how to take your team building to another level.  I love the old Definition of Teamwork.  Teamwork makes the Team Work!

I encourage you to check out John Maxwell’s site for John Maxwell Books on Leadership.

Below are links to the earlier Parts of Team Building: Laws of Teamwork:

Part 6
Part 5
Part 4
Part 3
Part 2
Part 1

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