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Extraordinary Teams By Robin Sharma

I’ve been thinking about teams. Reflecting on wonderful team experiences and some not so wonderful experiences. The difference? It wasn’t leadership–I’ve seen a number of well led teams fail. And it wasn’t talent–there are immensley talented people that can’t contribute to a team.

What I’ve learned is that truly Extraordinary Teams all have two things in common; Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAGs to borrow from Jim Collins) and Deep Trust.

Yes, talent and leadership are important but every successful team I’ve been on or worked with has had an almost impossible goal and an extraordinary level of trust between teammates.

Goals may not be sexy, but they work. And they are just as important for team success as they are for personal excellence. People want to be inspired by an important challenge. People crave the opportunity to make a difference. People need to do something significant.

A BHAG inspires creativity. It gives people a sense of pride. It generates the passion that it takes to achieve the extraordinary. So, make sure that your team has a significant, inspiring goal.

Innovation and creativity are always risky. That’s why Deep Trust is crucial in a team. Without Deep Trust we worry that our teammates will laugh at our ideas or punish us for disagreeing. Yet, it is this participation and curiosity that is critical for innovation.

Only when everyone is contributing their perspectives and thoroughly questioning reality can a team come up a with a breakthrough. Otherwise the team just hides in the safe harbor of the known. And staying in the safe harbor of the known never creates new markets, never revolutionizes your work and never delights customers.

Here’s the big idea; in order to develop trust you have to lead by being trustworthy. How do you become trustworty?
1. Do what you say you will do
2. Celebrate diversity
3. Treat teammates with respect (no gossip, no sarcasm)
4. Expect the best from them
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Robin S. Sharma, LL.M. is an internationally-known speaker on sales leadership, peak performance and creativity. The bestselling author of several motivational books including MegaLiving, he is the managing partner of Sharma Leadership International. He can be reached at RobinSharma.com.

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