We have written a number of articles on the value of teamwork and of including team members in the process of decision-making. We have also affirmed the wisdom of delegating key aspects of a project to the team for input.
That said, there are two things that a leader cannot delegate: Goals and Values.
WILLIAM A. JONEZ 1924 - 2012
Bill Jonez, loving husband, father, and grandfather, went to be with the Lord on May 6, 2012 at the age of 87.
Bill was born on June 14, 1924 in Tacoma, Washington, the son of Dr. Hinton and Norma Jonez. He graduated from Stadium High School in 1942, where he excelled on the high school swim team.
Last week we received a ton of feedback on the topic, “Creating Our Own Weather System.”
As a result, copied below are two of the replies we received. It seemed best to simply share these insights verbatim (author's name follows each comment):
This past week I had conversations with three different friends that have evolved into a thought-provoking theme for me regarding our ability to influence others. And as we all know, influencing others is a core leadership capacity. So let me think out-loud for a few minutes...
Each of these observations came as we were brainstorming strategies about leading their people. Here are the comments:
Mike said, “Wherever he goes [name omitted] creates his own adverse weather system.”
Teamwork - A Summary
For several weeks we have discussed the value of a team, focused on the central idea that, “The best person for the job is a team.” This week we are providing a summary of our recent articles to serve as a handy point of reference. The following are the essential team ingredients we have considered together:
Teamwork - Part VI
For several weeks we have discussed the value of a team, surrounding the central idea that, “The best person for the job is a team.” This week we come to a difficult topic that highlights a difficult task: Dismissing team members who are not a good match for the team.
Frankly, in all the years, nothing is more gut-wrenching than removing a member of a team. That said, knowing when to dismiss an individual is an essential skill for leaders who want to develop and maintain effective teams.
Teamwork - Part V
For the past few weeks we have been discussing the value of a team, with the core idea being that, “The best person for the job is a team.”
This week I was talking with a friend who is engaged in the conversation we are having through these emails and various follow-up discussions. This friend made the comment, “Even though I am a small-business owner with only one other staff person, I still have a larger team.”