Teamwork, team building and how ego can adversely affect your efforts. The biggest mistake I see consistently across companies is that every individual wants to own everything, that is, every idea.
Every person wants to take each idea and show that it’s at least in part theirs or it is theirs. What is more important success or your ego? Unfortunately, most can’t seem to determine or differentiate between the two.
Now, teamwork or Team building is all about buy-in. The idea of course, is to get everybody joining forces together to accomplish something.
Take yourself out of the picture
In this episode, I give you a couple of examples of things I did to include everyone except me. That is, I actually intentionally left out myself in order to get tremendous acceptance.
I also give you a very detailed explanation of how the very same system the Japanese use is completely compatible and inside an American company.
So you decide, what do you want profitability or success or the credit for an idea? You follow these examples and ideas you’ll be pleased with the results. By the way, almost everything I have ever seen trying to explain Japanese systems was wrong. They just don’t really understand the Japanese culture.
If someone says they just bought a new car, do you ever hear somebody say, ‘I got a new (mentions the car)’.
Consensus Kills Results
The very concept of consensus is extremely annoying to me! Why? You’ll hear in this episode,” Consensus is the Minimization of Maximum Solutions.” I am just going to let you think on that one. But the idea is that consensus is a compromise on every facet of a solution amongst all members in the group.
The key to the solution is that you have not let your ego get in the way of progress, success and team building. You have teamwork.
In here, I explain how the head of one company, where I worked, went ballistic because I reached profitability when he said wasn’t possible. He actually felt embarrassed rather than coming out and joining me in a celebration. Now I didn’t even celebrate nor did I even say anything because being quiet was more important to survival. I’m sorry, that is crazy.
I hope you can take some of these ideas and use humility. Create teamwork through good team building whether it’s in your company or amongst your cohorts.