Humans are built for connectivity. No one person knows everything or can do everything, and those who attempt to prove otherwise often do so at their own peril.
While this may seem to be a shortcoming, it is actually a gift. The interaction that comes from teamwork helps each individual become stronger and experience greater fulfillment in their work and life. Whereas each person has certain powers, collectively, a team has superpowers!
Superpowers in the Workplace
The idea of superpowers – powers that extend beyond normal human ability – has actually been around for centuries. It conjures up mythological and fictional characters with all sorts of amazing abilities.
But did you ever stop to think about the superpowers – the real superpowers – you have in your workplace?
They are called a “team.”
What are the superpowers of your team?
Each person has a certain strengths formula that is hard-wired to who they are at the core. But no one person has all strengths. Therein lies the magic of a team. If you strategically build your team, you can have all the strengths available to your organization. You effectively compound strengths to an exponential level. You can do more, move more, and lift more as an organization if you have a strong team.
An individual cannot work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. In fact, in all of human existence, no one has ever done it. And yet, we live in a society that demands this kind of service, support, and availability. This is a critical team superpower. Whereas an individual can work well for 8 to 10 hours a day, with maximum productivity for only about 3-4 hours of that time; a team can cover every day of every week or every year. In fact, it is the only way to do it unless a system is fully automated. Endurance is a major team superpower.
The fact is, each person has specific intelligence. Especially now, there are specialists who know one to three subjects to a very deep level. It is not possible for one person to know everything to a deep level. Super-intelligence is a team superpower. It allows you to combine unlimited intelligence at very deep levels to address issues, create innovation, and find solutions in your organization. Where one person may solve part of an equation, others can contribute their intelligence to complete the equation in a way that an individual could not do alone.
Stop and think about an automobile, for example. Can one person build a modern-day automobile totally on their own? No. It takes the combined abilities of countless individuals to source and build each part, assemble the parts, and even to build the factory and machinery it takes to create the automobile you drive each day. You are driving the result of a massive team effort. In your organization, you need the combined abilities of each member of your team to build the business. Every team member plays a vital role in the organization.
Toyota has honed the idea of agile production to an amazing level. This is the reality of today’s manufacturing and technological world. Linear production models are limited. Instead, there is an agile process, where several lanes are moving forward, flowing amongst each other at critical junctures. In this process, quick changes and adjustments must be made constantly. This requires a team that is diverse and nimble. Agility is necessary for a company to survive and keep pace.
6. Time Travel
The whole idea of time travel is to be able to delve into the past for lessons and fast-forward for vision. A team provides the superpower of full perspective – the ability to see what has been done in the past, draw on its lessons, and propel quickly forward to make vision a reality. From researchers who study the data to innovators who see the vision, all are needed in an organization.
A strong company must have the ability to know the minds of their customers and competitors. A diversified team represents a cross-section of thinking that helps leaders to see needs, opportunities, and ideas through the minds and experiences of their various team members. A single leader cannot be in all places at all times, but the bigger the team, the broader this capability becomes possible.
8. Conquer obstacles
Business of any size is not for the faint of heart. Sooner or later (or both!) you will hit a wall. At that point, you can choose to push through or give up. Many without the reinforcing superpower of a team will give up. A team will work together to find resolution and the resources to push through, where an individual may not have the power to do so. As a leader, one of the most important steps you can take is to surround yourself with a strong team of mentors, coaches, and supporting team members who will not let you fail – who will help you push through the obstacles.
You don’t have to be powerless against the forces of business evil. All it takes is a team of superpowers!
To learn more about your individual or team strengths and how you can use them to generate greater results in your organization, contact Deb Ingino.
As the CEO of Strength Leader Development, Deb Ingino is a highly sought-after international executive mentor, coach, trainer and speaker. Deb is well versed in global business operations and helps business leaders and their teams to discover and leverage their strengths, so they can create highly collaborative teams that deliver great results. With a refreshingly direct style, Deb helps leaders and their teams to deliver profitable results. Connect with Deb to learn more about her mentorship and coaching programs to equip you with advanced strategies to elevate your results.
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