Focus on Team Basics.

The Wisdom of Teams by Jon and Douglas [30 Years Ago and Now]

As a business owner, you most likely have a team to scale up your business, and they must perform at our best at all times. But how? Is there anything we can do?
Let’s learn about the wisdom of teams and how one can build a good team.

Action: Focus on Team Basics.

3 Key Concepts

  1. Build a team on clear team basics.
  2. Enhance team with alignment goals.
  3. The team performs at a high level when members care truly about one another’s growth.

The Wisdom of Teams: How to focus on team basics?

Learn about these basics below to clarify what a team really means and when to form one. Most of the time, you will know when. Obviously, we all have limited time per day, and some tasks can be done better by others. The illusion that you can do everything better than everyone will become a bottleneck and slow your business growth.

This book discusses in-depth team performance 30 years ago and is still relevant now, if not more than ever.

If you are interested in building a workplace for talents, check out The Gifted Boss: How to Find, Create and Keep Great Employees by Dale Dauten.

6 Team Basics: the discipline of performing team

  1. Small Number
  2. Complementary Skills
  3. Common Purpose
  4. Specific Challenging Goal
  5. Agreed Working Approach
  6. Mutually Accountable

The sooner a team masters this discipline, the sooner its worries about time and effort disappear. Think of a seal team that goes about their mission. They hone on all of the basics and do not deviate from them. So likewise, you should build your team as you lead a special operation team. Because, in some sense, this is true.

No team performs without the complementary skills required for success. Teams must have a common purpose, common set of specific performance goals, and a commonly agreed upon working approach. Finally, teams must hold one another mutually accountable for their performance.

Jon and Douglas

New insights that enhance team performance

The author suggested a few insights to improve team output. It is relevant whether you have a large or small team. The main goal I see from the list is minimizing work friction. Less friction equals more work done!

  1. Clarifying the choices
  2. Integrating different disciplines
  3. Setting outcome-based goals
  4. Recognizing time and capacity constraints
  5. Virtual teaming
  6. Ensuring process support

Learn how to set a good goal that aligns with the team’s vision: Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs by John Doerr. Measure what matters. It is not only a good practice but the crucial one. If you execute it wrong, it will yield a negative effect by deviating you from the path.

High-performance Team

After we master the team basics and other enhancing attributes, we will perform at a high level when team members honestly care for each other to improve themselves. This is a synergy that the team leader has to instruct explicitly as a role model.

High performing team has members who are deeply committed to one another’s personal growth and success.

Jon and Douglas

Focusing on team basics

To sum up, the book conveys that the wisdom of teams comes with a focus on collective work products, personal growth, and performance results. However, to perform at its best, one must set an audacious goal and care for one another’s personal development.

Goal check: I learned how to build a real team.

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Bonus: Looking for a workshop during team building session? Check out this game: Marshmallow Challenge.

Marshmallow Challenge on Engi Campus,   working on the wisdom of teams
Marshmallow Challenge on Engi Campus? Source