Inattention to RESULTS

The only way a team can be certain it will remain focused on collective results is to ensure that team members are holding one another accountable for what they need to do.

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Truly cohesive teams focus obsessively on the collective results of the entire organization.? They are intolerant of actions and behaviors that serve the interests of individuals but that don?t promote the common good.

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As a result, team members are willing to make sacrifices in the organizations they run in order to drive the collective results of their team.

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All of us, as human beings, have a strong and natural tendency to look out for ourselves before others, even when those others are part of our families and our teams.? And once that tendency kicks in on a team, it can spread like a disease, quickly eroding the roots of teamwork until eventually even trust has been destroyed.

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The key to avoiding this problem lies in keeping results in the forefront of people?s minds.? A good way to focus attention is to use a visible scoreboard of some kind.?

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Results-oriented teams establish their own measurements for success.? They don?t allow themselves the wiggle room of subjectivity, feelings, or outside opinion.? They commit early and publicly to what the team will achieve and constantly review progress against those expected achievements.

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