Successful teams aren't comprised of "Rock Stars"?
That seems counter-intuitive since we love the term "Rock Star" in Corporate America.
However, a rock star, by its mere definition, excludes the contributions of other people.
ROCK STAR: a person treated as a celebrity,
especially in inspiring fanatical admiration.
To be successful, we don't need an individual seeking "fanatical admiration." We need each person contributing his or her best for the betterment of the entire team. As H.E. Luccock said,
No one can whistle a symphony.
It takes a whole orchestra to play it.
Yes, we want each team member to bring their best individual contributions; just like a band brings together a guitarist, a bass player, a vocalist, a drummer and a singer. Very different skills come together to wow the audience.
What is it about successful bands that make them successful -- other than the fact that there isn't a single rock star within them?
Research shows that a high-performing team will increase productivity by about 30% within 1 - 1 1/2 years. What would your department or company look like if it were 30% more productive? What would that mean to your team?
The other thing about strong teams is that they generally require about 1/3 fewer labor hours to complete the same amount of work as an organization with dysfunctional or no teams.
When you add the greater productivity with the reduced hours, you have a very significant swing in your team's or business' success.
But strong teams don't develop by accident. Like a good friendship or relationship, you must invest in it. You must invest time and emotional energy. Your company must make time for team mates to spend time together. And not just in meetings. But it also doesn't have to be formal teambuilding programs every time either. Encourage "water cooler' talk. Sponsor a bowling, softball or broomball team if that's what people are interested in. If one or two people don't play, encourage them to come out and be a part of the team too. They get jerseys even if they don't take the field. Pay for the baby-sitter if the junior team member can't afford to pay the baby-sitter and participate on the team. You don't have to treat each member equally; in fact you shouldn't. Just give each member what he or she needs to be able to participate.
A group becomes a team when