Yesterday, through the lens of The Advantage, we looked at the need to build cohesive teams. This past weekend we saw a great example of a cohesive unit with the defense of the Seattle Seahawks. A year ago the Hawks couldn’t beat my Atlanta Falcons. Fast forward 55 weeks and they are the best in the world, with some even arguing they may be the best of all time.
The comparisons are understandable. After all, the 85 Bears benchmark defense beat down unknown QB Tony Eason and the flash in the pan Patriots. On the other hand the Seahawks D, aka Legion of Boom, just made the highest scoring offense in the history of football, led by Peyton Manning, look like a pee wee team I once played for as a kid.
So, how did the team from coffee country find their Advantage? Like any healthy team or organization, they created clarity, stayed true to a simple plan, and executed at an obsessive level of greatness.
Business leader Patrick Lencioni says it like this in The Advantage. “Healthy organizations minimize the potential for confusion by clarifying …” around the following questions.
- Why do we exist?
- How do we behave?
- What do we do?
- How will we succeed?
- What is most important, right now? ◾
- Who must do what?
If you sense there is a fog of uncertainty hanging over your company or team, I suggest you gather everyone around a table and pound out the answers to those questions.
True, when teams come together (cohesion), they set themselves apart. However, being cohesive around the wrong ideology will do nothing more than lead you down the wrong road in a unified way.
The teams that make a difference and create lasting impact are more than cohesive. They also possess clarity. They galvanize around a mission and a core set of beliefs and behaviors.
As a leader it is your job to make sure everyone is on the same page. I encourage you to spend some time working on clarity in the coming days. Doing so will minimize the confusion and give you the advantage that will propel you to the next level.
Leadership Begins at Home,
What are some ways leaders can create clarity in their organizations?
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Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.