We’ve been trying to build strong teams since… well, since the beginning. But we didn’t always call them teams. We used to call them tribes. We’ve based our ability to survive and thrive on working together. Anything great we’ve done since has been because of teams, from families and communities to politics and sports.
The distinguishing feature of whether a team will succeed or not is pretty basic – it’s trust. As Simon Sinek says, “A team is not a group of people who work together. A team is a group of people who trust one another.” Trust allows us to share our weaknesses so others can compensate for them. Trust allows us to take risks knowing others will support us. Trust allows us to deal with conflict without fear of destroying the group.
Trust can’t be bought. It must be earned every step of the way.
A Team Human Conversation
Fight workplace zombies in your organization and join Team Human! Gather a group of fellow workplace zombie hunters to discuss our most recent blog post. Use the questions below to kick start your conversation.
What is it like to work on a team that has low levels of trust?
What is like to work on a team that has high levels of trust?
What are ways to increase the amount of trust in a team?