Anyone who cooks will tell you that it's the little things in a recipe that really take it from average to outstanding. It doesn't take much talent to throw the basic ingredients into a slow cooker and come out with a stew. But if you want a meal that really delivers, you need the recipe with the extras.
Teams are just like that. You can throw a group of talented people together and call them a team, but success happens when you finally get the extras worked into the mix.
- Shared Vision ensures that each member understands the desired outcome of the chef.
- Trust is the glue that keeps the team together so it doesn't separate.
- Respect acknowledges that each team member has their own unique flavor based on knowledge, experience, innate talents, and perspective.
- Feedback tells the team when and how they need to adjust, like licking the spoon every once in a while.
- Humility means understanding that the recipe is successful because of the contributions of the whole team, not just one individual.
- Celebration will differ by the season, but it brings out the best in each team member when success is recognized.
- Humor keeps things from boiling over.
- Friendship, if available, brings sweetness.
- Fun adds zest to a bland combo.
Keep this simmering in the slow cooker, and you've got a recipe for Team Success.