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Team Harmony and the Common Goal

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In today’s workplace, it is tempting to be self-absorbed. Society supports groups within groups who wield an opinionated lens that shifts perspectives across generations like a kaleidoscope changes the reflection of light. Is team harmony still possible?

Being the critic attracts the bystanders, the onlookers, those who risk little but critique a lot. In the unhealthy team, instead of finding a reason to explore and embrace, it is more popular to be confrontational and oppose. The old idiom connected with “everyone has an opinion” is alive and well.

Unsuccessful Teams

Often driven by envy, jealously, or victimhood the goal is to move up, move around, or stampede. Domination is the strategy and what it costs in morale is of little concern to those leading the oppositional crusade.

This describes the unsuccessful team. The team plagued with a viral cancerous disease that drains the spirit of the mission faster than a bottle of Drano dumped in the kitchen sink. People still show up, but they show up for a paycheck not an organizational goal.

It is true that the organization is sometimes unorganized but work still happens. This work lacks meaning, it lacks a personality, and its only style is that of despair.

By definition team harmony shouldn’t be making a sound that we shutter to hear.

Team Harmony

What if there was a different crusade? What if the sound was more pleasant?

Imagine when someone talks, everyone else listens. They don’t listen to respond but they listen to understand. They don’t listen for what’s in it for them for but they listen for what they can put into it.

Imagine that people don’t show up with the intent to be oppositional and they don’t show up with the goal of divide and conquer. They don’t show up with a movement, a theme, or with a position that says their group is different and for that reason, different treatment is their goal.

Common Goals

Does team harmony still exist? It should and it can.

It is about how you build the empire, not tear it down.

What is the common goal?

Pursuit of anything else isn’t about the team, it is a distraction about the individual.

– DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a five-time author and some of his work includes, #CustServ The Customer Service Culture, and Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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Team Motivation and People Who Care

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Getting people motivated to move or spring into action, is it possible? What are you doing about team motivation, is everyone excited and engaged?

Certainly, there are people who scoff at the suggestion of motivation. They believe that motivation is entirely intrinsic and that you cannot get people to be more motivated. We also can’t forget about the authoritarian, he or she believes that fear is the best motivator. Do it or you are fired.

Possibility of Motivation

There is likely little doubt for anyone that motivation does have an individual component. That is, one person may be more motivated or less motivated than another based on the stimulus, the working environment, and even their historical perspective.

People are mostly motivated by purpose. Do you agree, when you have a purpose or understand the purpose you may then decide to be motivated or not?

Here is a basketball. There is the hoop. How many shots can you make in one minute?

We need to ship one hundred cases today. Our previous best is ninety-six. Let’s get started!

When you understand the purpose, the goal or desired result, you may become more motivated. Of course, the quick argument is that you have to care. If you don’t care about the number of baskets or the cases of product then you probably won’t start.

Team Motivation

Fundamentally, this is exactly why hiring for character, integrity, or attitude is so important. When someone doesn’t care, you are left with the decision to revisit purpose and see if they will ever care, or get them off your team.

What everyone who cares is most concerned about is accomplishing the work. They want to make a difference and to feel satisfied with their individual performance and the performance of the team. Caring is the first factor for team motivation.

When they care, they perform.

– DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a five-time author and some of his work includes, #CustServ The Customer Service Culture, and Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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Motivational Reminders, Get Started or Keep Going

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Perhaps the number of clients that ask, “Can you do something to help with motivation,” shouldn’t surprise me? A large part of our workplace motivation has to do with culture, purpose, and the attitudes of the people. With that said, we all might benefit from some motivational reminders.

I’ve written about it before, how we need to connect people with purpose to really help drive motivation. If asked, many employees will quickly connect their motivation with pay. However, pay is not the only motivator and in fact, it likely is not the most important motivator.

Motivation can come from many sources. It can come from being inspired. It can come from fear, anger, embarrassment, and more. We can argue about whether our motivation is from a good source or a bad one. We might also consider, “Will it last?”

Motivational Reminders

Do you need motivational reminders? Here are five popular jump starters:

  • Competition. As an individual on the team you want to be the top performer (sales, engineer, manager, etc.) or as a team you compare to your external competition. You want to be the best.
  • Proof. Have you ever wanted to prove the naysayers wrong? It is sometimes a fantastic motivator. When you know you can, just let someone tell you that you can’t.
  • Pressure. Everyone in my family is successful I need to step it up. This also works in comparison with the neighbors and with the pending class reunion. Even social media might be a driver.
  • Dreams. You have a vision and nothing will stop you. You know that you can and no one is going to take away your dream. It is possible and you are going to make it happen.
  • Professionalism. You are a professional. This is what you do. You solve problems, build things, or care for others in need. It is the image of who you are and you won’t tarnish the profession.

Connect with your purpose and you might find all the motivation you need. Some of the best might be motivated by more than one thing. Perhaps it is a collection.

Not Just Another Day

Sometimes it is the reminder that this is not just another day, it is today, and you’ll have make something happen.

If someone suggests it is just another day maybe they need some motivation.

One of my personal favorites is that you don’t just live once, you live every day. You die once.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a four-time author and some of his work includes, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce and Pivot and Accelerate, The Next Move Is Yours! Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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