Teams are built by the 3 Pillars of Team Success (Part 1). They’re also destroyed by 3 deadly poisons. These can surface at anytime in the life of a team. Great teams inoculate with the cures before they’re infected and maintain a discipline of prevention.
Beware 3 Deadly Team Poisons:
Conflicting Interests Partners who fundamentally disagree on what they want for the team and from the team. Unless partners agree, it’s painful journey filled with disappointment and resentment.
The Cure The courage to be clear about what you really want and what you’re really willing to give.
Inflated Value It’s easy for us to see our contributions. The contributions of others are less clear. Psychology calls this Attribution Bias. Bottom line, We like to think we contributed more than we did AND others contributed less than they did. Given this psychological reality, it’s easy to expect more than we deserve.
The Cure Consistent generosity toward others and humility for yourself
Inflated Rights Close knit teams get lots of support, but little independence. Loose teams get lots of independence, but little support. Unfortunately, people generally want to keep lots independence and get lots of support. This combined with Attribution Bias creates unequal expectations. We too easily believe our privileges are rightly deserved, but teammate’s privileges are not.
The Cure Being highly self-accountable and highly gracious to others
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