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.
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.
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.
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.
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.