Saturday, 15 June 2013

The A-Team



Steve Jobs said this about the Beatles and teamwork: “My model for business is the Beatles. They were four guys who kept each others’ negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of its parts. And that’s how I see business. Great things in business are never done by one person, they are done by a team of people.”

The most important idea to take from this is the notion that the total team is greater than the sum of the individual parts. In teams there will be a disparity of abilities. Because of this, it is crucial to hone in on each team member’s unique strength in order to maximize success of the team.

 
The diversity in thinking and behaving —are the keys to success in today’s dynamic workplace. That’s why the most effective leaders leverage their behavioral differences. And the most effective leaders recognize and celebrate and adapt to the differences in their staffs.

Those birds, flying throughout your organization, are as different as eagles, peacocks, doves and owls. That’s why the most effective leaders know they have to feed these birds differently in order for them to all perch together on the same branch to achieve the intended goal.

In particular, Doves and Eagles are good for each other as long as Doves don’t get too intimidated. Doves can encourage Eagles to be more sensitive to the needs of others, and Eagles can encourage Doves to be more assertive and decisive.Owls and Peacocks are also good for each other. Owls can help Peacocks get more organized and keep focused, and Peacocks can encourage Owls to take more risks and be more flexible. 

So, when developing relationships with other birds [sorry, other people], it’s useful to know what type of bird they are.

Lennon said “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” Align your team’s goals so that each individual is working towards the team’s overall goal.

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