Super Bowl – SUPER TEAM

Super Bowl – SUPER TEAM

By Gary K. Pino, FMP With the Super Bowl just ten (10) days away, what a better time to blog about the importance and dynamics of a super TEAM than right now.  Everyday, I receive extremely educational e-mails on how to build a better mouse trap … from team building to teamwork.  It just so happens that I just read one authored by John Murphy, who wrote a book entitled “Pulling Together … The 10 Rules for High Performance Teams”.  To actually read “The 10 Rules” in great detail, you’ll have to purchase John Murphy’s book but to give you a sneak peak / wet your appetite of what Mr. Murphy covers in his book, here is a list of ‘The 10 Rules’ that make up a SUPER TEAM:

  1. Put the team first
  2. Communicate openly and candidly
  3. Be a part of the solution, not the problem
  4. Respect diversity
  5. Ask & encourage the right questions
  6. Use a rational problem solving process
  7. Build trust with integrity and example
  8. Commit to excellence
  9. Promote Interdependent thinking
  10. Pull the weeds

Do you think the New York Giants and the New England Patriots followed all 10 Rules; some of the rules or none of them to be the NFC and AFC Champs, respectively … seeing that both teams battled all season long and did what it took to get them to the apex of the National Football League’s big dance, I would venture to guess that they both followed all 10 Rules very closely and meticulously to make it there!  What makes a Super Bowl Team such a High Performance Team?  At the beginning of every season, the head coach passionately identifies a common goal for his team; and that is to get to and win the Super Bowl.  But in order to make that goal a reality, it’s going to take a group of guys with a common purpose and a singular mission … that means checking their enormous egos at the door and realizing that it takes each and everyone of them pulling together to achieve their ultimate goal.  As cliché- ish as this may sound, no one (individual) person is greater than the sum of the whole (team). High Performance Teams understand that diversity does and will crop up during a lengthy football season … and when the going gets tough, effective team players rise to the occasion and overcome the adversity they may face.  It is here where the unique strength of some of the team members willingly takes up the slack and burden of their weaker teammates to help guide their team to the pinnacle of becoming the divisional and conference champs … with the aim of winning the big one.  The other key factors that make a Team ~ Super are cooperation, synergy and sharing … both the successes and failures.  In other words, they completely buy into the philosophy of ,  “We win as a team and we lose as team.” In an excerpt from John Murphy’s Pulling Together book, he states, “To embrace the team-first rule, make sure your team purpose and priorities are clear.  What is your overall mission?  What is your game plan? What is expected of each team member?  How can each team member contribute most effectively?  What constants will hold a team together?  Then stop and ask yourself, are you putting the team first?”   To obtain more information about Mr. Murphy’s awesome book, please click on the above Pulling Together link. In closing, I want to thank our Super IDO Team for pulling together as a solid team while preparing for and completing a Request For Proposal for a potential large upcoming project for our firm … I am very proud to say that this recent RFP experience was just one example of where our TEAM Pulled Together!  And as Henry Ford once said,  “Coming together is a beginning.  Keeping together is progress.  Working together is success.”   Thank you, Henry! Oh yeah … GO GIANTS!!!! Image courtesy of John Murphy and Simple Truths .

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