Most world business today is based on capitalism. ‘Take your best opportunity and look for better opportunities’. But what if you worked with a team that surpassed the ‘next best thing’. A team that surpassed a bigger dollar sign?
We achieve this one day and dynamic at a time.
The challenge was a question for you to ponder: do your team members have a reason to stay?
The best teams I have ever worked in had dynamics that I looked forward to. Now some of you might be thinking, “everyone in my group hates each other”, or “I have five introverts. We are far from having a yearly vacation together or singing a company song”.
Regardless, this challenge is for everyone, every team, every dynamic. But dynamics CAN change. They’re not permanent. As a leader, you can gauge your team, and their needs and wants from their working environment. I’m not saying you have this sixth sense where just by looking at them you know they’d love the tradition of Monday donuts. I’m saying that it is by talking to each one of them, understanding their goals and dreams. That’s how you create the environment, the traditions, the family like dynamic that we have referred to in the Japanese culture. Our western culture is different in many ways. I am not saying good or bad with either. I realize that there are deep cultural norms behind this. So don’t get lost in the weeds here.
What I am saying is that a sense of belonging and contribution is key. It is one of the top motivators, and as a team leader, you have the ability to change that — To improve the dynamics of your group to the point that they pass up the better job offers because they love working for you and with you and the team you’ve cultivated.
That is a stellar legacy to leave behind.