Go, fight, win as a team

Go, fight, win as a team

Amidst the flood of polarizing hot topics these days that are draining us all, there is one place I’ve visited recently where it seems to cease. And instead, there’s a flood of agreement, positivity, determination, and—dare I say—love in the air.

Your work team needs this kind of cohesion and energy right now. Let’s learn from this example and take the challenge to give our teams a boost of energy and unity this week.

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Video transcript:

Well, in an increasingly polarized country where there is so much disagreement going on, there is one place where I am experiencing really amazing harmony. Can you guess where it is? It is at the Boise state football stadium.

We have season tickets; we have for a number of years. We’re big fans and no matter the tension that we experience in our communities today, when we show up to that stadium and we sit next to strangers—people we don’t know—suddenly we’re all best friends. We are high fiving after first downs and touchdowns; goodness, if it weren’t for COVID, we’d probably be hugging.

We are all rallied around this team, all in it, wanting the same thing. And it just brings this amazing cohesion and unity. How fun?!

Don’t we want that within our work teams as well—this sense of unity, this excitement to all be in it together, fighting for the same thing.

It’s challenging in our current environment to feel that sense of excitement as a team, truly it is. But I just don’t want us to underestimate the power of a shared team identity—all fighting toward something together and the new energy and progress and performance that that can bring.

And so I have an assignment for you this week. If you are a leader, or if you are a team member, not in a leadership role, either way you can do this. I want you to pick one shared goal that your team can drive toward this week. Make it something small, right? Not, anything huge, but one shared goal—either a challenge you’re all working toward resolving together or a shared outcome that you’re all marching toward accomplishing. Okay. So one shared team goal. And then I want you to set a shared outcome—you either all win together or you lose together. What is something that—if we reach this goal or resolve the challenge—we all get to celebrate in it together? Set the stakes a little bit high and then share it with your team; or better yet, establish this goal and the shared outcome together as a team.

See what happens for energy on your team this week. See how the motivation changes, see how we may link arms and rally together to drive toward this shared goal together.

May you experience within your workplace what I experience at the Boise state stadium during football games.

Extreme ownership

Extreme ownership

Are your employees up at night because of work? Not because they’re stressed, but because they’re so motivated to take extreme ownership and drive the business forward that they can’t wait to get back at it?

Okay, okay—we want employees to sleep well, but certainly we want them to be hungry for team success. This week’s video offers a few thoughts on sparking that kind of ownership and motivation in your employees.   

Be sure to watch this previous Two-Minute Tip, also focused on employe ownership, and then take advantage of the corresponding free assessment at abbeylouie.com/assessment.  

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Just read my mind

Just read my mind

We want employees to take extreme ownership—to know just what we want and then to execute with very little direction. Unfortuantely this requires mind-reading, which in my experience, is highly unlikely.

We can still foster extreme employee ownership though, as long as we bolster it with two other key supporting elements. Find out what they are in this week’s video, then be sure to download the free assessment to evaluate your team’s current state.  

Download the free assessment now to evaluate the three legs of success on your team.

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The best return to work plan

The best return to work plan

It’s the million-dollar question lately: what new policy should we set regarding remote work for our employees coming out of the pandemic?

You know I have a lot of thoughts to share on the topic when I just can’t keep the “two-minute tip” to two minutes. I hope you can stick with me for 3.5+ minutes on this one—there’s interesting statistic toward the end that you won’t want to miss.

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The most toxic team habit

The most toxic team habit

I see it happen all the time. I’m guilty of doing it myself. Here are my thoughts on what I believe is the most toxic behavior in team environments—and any social environment, for that matter.

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Just do it

Just do it

I find that in our culture we tend to be very skilled at asking people how we can help them—how we can be of service to their needs or situation. What a wonderful norm! However, I’ve also noticed a common practice of responding to these offers with resistance. Not necessarily direct pushback, but a cordial, “Oh thank you, but I’ll be okay.” 

The offerer of help feels their offer was sufficient and moves on. Meanwhile, the recipient is still drowning and not actually okay. 

What if, in those situations, we helped them anyway—like physically stepped in and provided service in a meaningful way, even when they resist?

I’m your classic resister of help and, as described in the video below, recently experienced a friend pushing through it to meet me right where I needed it. What a gift it was.

May you be that person to your colleagues, neighbors, and loved ones.

The offer is often not enough. Instead, just do it—go be the one who meets them where they’re at and helps carry their load.

 

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