THE IMPORTANCE OF THE DIFFERENT ELEMENTS AND THEIR APPROACH TOWARDS EACH OTHER:
Differing opinions and approaches within teams are vital. These differing approaches come from having a balance of the three core elements needed to build a perfect team.
As we have identified previously, a mixture of the ‘green’ (go) element, the ‘blue’ (think) element, and the ‘red’ (feel) element is needed.
Thinking of Bill Michael, his approach suggests that he is dominated by the ‘green’ (go) element, because of his instinctive approach.
While the green approach always clashes with both the blue and red approaches, in a perfect team each of them look at each other with respect, focusing mainly on the positives of the approach.
SO, WHAT COULD BILL MICHAEL HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY? AND WHAT COULD OTHER LEADERS LEARN FROM THIS STORY?
When we looked at President John F Kennedy’s approach to putting a man on the moon, we highlighted that his red element- the ‘why’ and the ‘who’- provided the galvanising purpose behind his vision.
We identified that even if you have the best thing since sliced bread next door, without a reason for it being important to someone, they are not going to buy into it.
This part of the equation was missing for Bill Michael. Had he told a story to provide context to his comments, before making them, he would have likely received a better reaction.
He could have, for example, remarked on his own journey, and told his team about some hard times that he got through by taking personal responsibility and being succinct and direct.
While Bill’s approach focused on the ‘green’ element of the perfect team equation, he failed to take the ‘red’ element into account, so he did not take his team on a journey with him. He lacked the ‘why’.
To truly build a perfect team, post-identity, it’s essential for each member of your team to respect each other’s approaches and views.
It’s important to remember that while nobody is perfect, your team can be.
Individually we all have strengths and weaknesses- and understanding these is important if you are to make a difference, plug the gaps, and build that perfect team within your organisation.
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