If you have attempted to recruit over the last 6-9 months it’s likely you will have found it challenging. To deal with delays in recruitment, many businesses are focusing on investing in their existing talent.
We have always advocated the importance of knowing and understanding your existing team- including identifying any hidden talents- before recruiting new team members, and this topic has come up a number of times during our recent workshops.
ICE, WATER OR STEAM- WHAT POWERS THE ENGINE IN YOUR TEAM?
Understanding the make-up of your existing team will also help you to identify where the energy exists, and where it may be lacking.
For businesses and teams that want to grow, they need energetic characters (and teams) to support that growth.
Importantly, over three decades of experience has helped us understand that for that growth to be successful, the team – and all individuals within it- need to take responsibility for the part they will have to play.
Without taking that responsibility, individuals and teams are dependent on others, and we have found that this tends to drain energy from the organisation and holds them back.
If we use the metaphor of ice, water and steam, while they are the same element there is one that you would prefer to be powering an engine. The ice can get stuck more easily and is dependent on external factors, water is independent and flows, so in the right circumstances can support growth, and the steam provides the most amount of power. It is the same for teams. Let’s compare three different teams.
COMPARING THREE DIFFERENT TEAMS
Firstly, a team of dependent people, by their nature, rely on each other- and in that case, no one in the team has what is needed to support the growth of the group. In our experience, these teams struggle- one reason being a lack of leadership.
Thinking of a team with a mix of dependent and independent people, the dependant people tend to rely on the independent people. This tends to be unsustainable in the long-run, because the independent people eventually get frustrated by the dependant people not taking responsibility.
Finally, a team made up of independent people generally provides the foundations for a perfect team. Everyone contributes towards the growth and direction of the group, and this is interdependence.
Put simply, a dependent individual or organisation ‘takes’, an independent individual or organisation ‘makes’ and an interdependent individual or organisation ‘gives’.
Perfect teams, therefore, are either interdependent (full of independent people) or have independent people nurturing and moving others forward towards independence.
PERFECT TEAMS START WITH KNOWING YOURSELF:
The concept of ‘knowing yourself’ dates back to Greek philosophy. Aristotle said that “knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom” and Socrates is said to have coined the phrase “know thyself”.
It is this concept that underpins the entire Perfect Teams application, and it is the basis of the work our founder carried out with this team leader too.