So without further ado…let’s jump right into the three key elements to a winning formula. Before we do however, if you have not done so, please read part one to get caught up!
First you must have an “adaptable process”. Simply put, your philosophy, your approach must be adaptable to change and environment. This does not mean that you alter your values and beliefs; it means that your values and beliefs can be transferred time and time again. The key to an adaptable process is simple…know your environment and be prepared to make adjustments. Again, I revert to a sporting analogy to make my point. If you watch any sports at all, more than likely you have seen games where one half of the game looks completely different than the other. It’s almost like two different games? What happened? Let’s take a look inside the halftime locker room for some clarity. Simply put, adjustments are made with the talent available. A team being defeated has to realize they can’t keep doing the same thing. If a weakness has been exposed it must be fixed. The point is, they do not change their values; they adapt and change their approach. If they do, and discover momentum, it becomes a game changer. If they don’t, they are doomed.
The second key element is that the adaptable process must be clearly communicated to accepting people. It goes without saying that the people are the most important piece to any successful endeavor period! To gain acceptance, the adaptable process must be presented in a manner that the team willingly “buys” into. Case in point: Successful college football coaches must understand the different environment the professional game brings. Many times their role in the pro ranks becomes more of a manager than a coach. Again, while they never sway from their value systems, the manner in which they convey their process must be adjusted so that the existing team “accepts” the vision and gets on board.
The way to gain acceptance is two-fold. First , the process must be adapted to the environment at hand…a concise understanding of the culture and the players and secondly a clear communication of the plan and the positive outcomes that will be gained by all. Please hear me, accepting does not mean relinquish, it means creating an environment that affords the best opportunity to create “buy-in” from your people. A final note on this topic, it is typically much more difficult to bring in a new approach to an existing organization versus a startup endeavor.
The final element to a winning formula is accepting people performing with accountability. When each person can clearly see the vision and has bought in to the process, their performance proves it. They are invested and thus become accountable to themselves and to their team members. This is why many teams that do not possess the greatest talent on paper perform so successfully. They have a clear understanding of where they are going, they have accepted the challenge or opportunity and they know the role they play MATTERS. Therefore, they hold themselves accountable to be the best they can be. BOOM! That says it all!
When this all comes into play, and you see it all the time, something great develops. It is the key in my opinion to the consistency of the winning formula. Ready…Chemistry! That’s right, chemistry: A mixing of the right ingredients to achieve optimum outcomes time and time again. You hear it all the time, analogies of individuals having chemistry between them. Many post game winning interviews you hear statements like “We knew what each other was thinking…we have chemistry!” The right chemistry is not about the greatest individual talent, it’s about the greatest outcomes! In the movie Miracle, one particular scene depicts Coach Herb Brooks selecting his team choices with the following statement: “I’m not looking for the best players; I’m looking for the players who can play their best together.” I think that says it all.
So in conclusion, a consistent winning formula is comprised of three key elements. A successful adaptable process clearly communicated to acceptable people who perform their roles and responsibilities with great accountability. When this occurs chemistry is developed and defined that if nurtured will sustain long term success. Just as the examples provided in part one, this formula is not an easy undertaking and as illustrated not everyone can be successful at every level and in every environment. The key is however that each of us understands the elements necessary and apply them to the best of our ability. I am confident all of those who are successful and continue to be successful in building and sustaining great teams most definitely have specifics they follow and do so to the last letter!
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