- September 10, 2023
- Mark Miller
Don’t Set the Bar Too Low
I want to lead a great team – don’t you? I want to work on big ideas that will have a big impact. I want to invest my leadership energy in people and projects that matter. I don’t think I’m the only one who feels this way. So where do…
I want to lead a great team – don’t you? I want to work on big ideas that will have a big impact. I want to invest my leadership energy in people and projects that matter. I don’t think I’m the only one who feels this way. So where do we begin? We have to start where we are – but thankfully we don’t have to stay there.
One of the things I’ve been guilty of from time to time over the years is setting the bar too low – for myself and my team. This can take many forms, but today I want to talk about how, if we’re not careful, we can set the bar too low as it relates to our team.
First, we need to clarify the key ingredients regarding high performance in a team setting. They are: Talent, Skills, and Community. However, I want to be clear on some important distinctions in this arena.
People and Talent are not the same thing…
Every team is composed of people. However, many teams lack the talent they need for great accomplishment. One of our roles as leaders is to always be looking for talent – always recruiting. What does talent look like in your context? Don’t settle for just anybody to be on your team.
Assigning Tasks is not the same as developing Skills…
High Performance Teams have skilled members. These are men and women who have individual skills and team skills. If we’re not careful, we could find ourselves delegating tasks rather than developing skills. If this happens, over time your team will be devoid of any initiative and creativity. Don’t confuse delegation with skill development.
Collaboration is no substitute for real Community…
People in high performance teams do work together – they do collaborate. But they do so much more. Real community is about doing life together. When this happens, it is the turbo-charger for team performance. The members of the team are no longer just working for the organization; they are working for each other also. Don’t settle for getting along with each other. Invest the time and energy in cultivating authentic community and your team will never be the same again.
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Mark Miller is a Wall Street Journal and international best-selling author, communicator, and the former Vice President of High Performance Leadership at Chick-fil-A. Mark’s leadership journey at Chick-fil-A spanned 45 years, and today, he serves as the Co-Founder of Lead Every Day. Mark began writing almost twenty years ago, and with over one million books in print in more than twenty-five languages, his global impact continues to grow.