We’ve long held that the definition of a great team is people who go out of their way to make one another look good. While talking about this with a client the other day, they added what we think is a brilliant point. They said a team is a group of people who are happy and willing to sacrifice for one another.
Sacrifice – that’s everything isn’t it? It’s easy to say we want the best for one another and will help each other get it, but what happens when it comes at our own disadvantage? Do we step up to the plate then? A strong team knows that every sacrifice of the individual leads to the success of the group, and that, when necessary, the team will sacrifice for them as well.
This ability to sacrifice comes from high levels of trust between members and a clear purpose for the team. People understand what they are trying to achieve and that they will reach it by helping one another be their best.
So, whether it’s through time, effort, comfort, resources, creativity or a 100 other ways, our willingness to sacrifice for one another shows our dedication and commitment to our team.
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.
Describe a time when someone on your team sacrificed for you. How did it make you feel?
Describe a time when you sacrificed for someone on your team. Why were you willing to do it?
What can you do as a team or organization to make sacrificing something people are willing to do for one another?