Compete as a Team

This blog post is a follow up to the second topic we didn’t discuss in-depth on our recent webinar, The Strongest Team Wins: How to Build a Team that Gets Things Done. If you were unable to attend, click the link to view the recorded version of the webinar.

Does your team compete together or against one another? While encouraging internal competition may produce results in the short-term, in the long run it can create distrust and a “me first” mentality. So, how do you encourage healthy competition? You encourage your people to compete as a team. (more…)

I’ve noticed an increasingly prevalent point-of-view in the workplace and in society in general these days: it’s the view that if I win, someone else has to lose. While this belief is true in the sports world (and should be), it’s not always applicable in the corporate world, especially within the organizations we lead.

When a colleague performs poorly at work, it doesn’t make me look better. If my teammate is scolded for making a mistake, I shouldn’t gloat in the fact that I wasn’t the one who screwed up. A win for me doesn’t, and shouldn’t, result in a loss for my co-workers.

So, how can we overcome this win-loss mentality within our teams? Here are four suggestions: (more…)

Here’s a question to reflect on: When you encounter a top performing peer, how do you view them? As a competitor who threatens your position, or as someone who can bring value to you and your organization?

Same people. Same talents. Two very different approaches that lead to two very different organizational cultures. (more…)