10 Terrific Traits of Awesome Teams
Psst…wanna know the secret to having an amazing team? The truth is: there is no secret! The path to an awesome team is paved with communication, comes with a clear roadmap of culture and values, and is weathered by putting everyone’s heads together. Let’s break it down:
Passion - “Another day, another dollar” is not a terrific team’s mantra. Instead, everyone shows up pumped and ready to tackle their shared objectives. On-board rather than plain bored.
Honesty - One mantra they are living by though: “Honesty is the best policy.” Rather than operating inauthentically, the team has open channels for constructive feedback, pulling each other up. No issue is too big or too small to be discussed.
Values - What’s also being discussed? Values, both of the team and each individual member. Not only are boundaries set and clear, they’re written down where everyone has access. Values are the guideposts on the road to success.
Commitment - Put a ring on it, this team is committed! You’re in it together for the long haul, so strap in and get comfortable. Letting each other down is not an option.
“We” - There’s a reason the adage “There’s no ‘I’ in team” is plastered on posters and taught in elementary school -- it’s true! No one works in a vacuum, and members of a great team know they need to approach problems together to get things done.
Superpowers, activated! - You’re all driving this vehicle together, but that doesn’t mean everyone is at the wheel. Learn who’s best at steering, who can read the map, who’s always going to bring the best road snacks. You are your own Justice League, ready to kick ass together.
No Egos Here - To access this team synergy, members understand egos are left at the door. Even when the inevitable failure comes along, no one takes it personally as everyone is supportive. Conversely, triumphs are shared and celebrated together.
Celebrate - Speaking about celebrating, we’re not just talking about an annual pizza party here (though, who doesn’t love pizza?) At each milestone, large and small, a great team takes the time to acknowledge and reflect, knowing the bumps and boggles crossed to get there.
Face Failures - Yep, even the best of teams face bumps along the way. However, those too are processed together. Dust each other off, learn where the wrong turn was made, and get back out there fueled up and ready for more.
Have Fun - One last saying: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” A great team knows this, and prioritizes fun time as much as crunch time.