I watched last night’s NBA Playoff (game #1) between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors through the lens of a Leadership Development Strategist whose focus is all about the team. As I watched this most anticipated duel between these two talented teams, my mind wandered back to the days when Michael Jordan would play and score the majority of his team’s points and still lose the game. His opponents figured, Michael is going to get his points because he is a super-star. However, if we contain the rest of his teammates, we stand a good chance to win the game.
Cleveland, depending on its team leader to do most of the heavy lifting, lost last night’s game 91 to 113 because as the saying goes, “There’s no I in Team.” The Warriors, with two superstar leaders, employed a strategy that energized and turbocharged each team member. Teammates that were not contributing as much offensively, decided for the good of the team, to focus on contributing stifling defense instead of pouting and allowing their personal low scores to become their focus. You see, when it’s all about the team, nothing else should cloud that mission…not even your personal disappointments.
A strong, focused, mission-minded team will always outperform a team whose focus is on providing as much spotlight to shine on their leader. The same lesson holds true in the marketplace. If your competitor has a strong, focused, mission-minded team and your team is all about you because of your low leadership lid, then your competitor is going to eat your lunch every time. If you lose every time you go toe-to-toe with your competitor, chances are that their team has spent time intentionally becoming a strong cohesive team while your team has spent all its time trying to figure out what makes you happy.
I say this every chance I get. The largest financial investment made by a company or organization is in their people. More is spent on payroll and payroll related benefits than any other expense. Yet, the one area that I see most companies anemically deficient in, is in the area of team leadership development. Build your team and you build a strong business or organization. Build anything else before your team and you will sabotage your mission.
By Coach Terence H. Biggs II ~ #CoachBiggs #GutsyDNA