Individual success in a team organization is radically different from what it was in traditional organizations. To become successful as an individual in a team-based organization, you have to take action on three levels: 1. you and your talent, 2. you and the team you work with, 3. you and the organization you work in
Michael Jordan said it best: “there is no I in ‘TEAM’ but there is in ‘WIN’”. In sports, the most talented individuals are recognized as being the most valuable. In team-based organizations, e.g. Agile organizations or Super7 Operations, this is not yet the case. But it has to, if these organizations want to keep their most talented individuals on board.
In traditional organizations, the results of talented individuals were very visible. Based on their individual results, they would quickly get promotions and pay raises. In a team-based organization, however, success is always the success of a team, not of an individual. On the short-term, this work fine, much better even than traditional organizations. But after a few years, the real talents get restless and will demand recognition – or they will leave.
Change is needed on how individuals and organizations see and reward success. You as an individuals need to know what defines success for you. And organizations need to recognize unique talents within teams, and reward them proportionally.
It starts, however, with you. From my years of experience with team-based organizations, I’ve developed a practical model that you can use to become successful within your team organization.
First, you need to become “The I in Win”. For this, you need to work on understanding and improving three elements for success:
- your values that define success to you (what drives you)
- your talents that you can use to be successful (what makes you unique)
- your experience that you have built up in using your talent (what you already know and did)
Secondly, you need a successful team. On this level, you need to work on improving two elements for success:
- best-practices that enable teams to be succesfull (e.g. Lean, Agile, Super7 Operations)
- excellence in cooperation, making optimal use of the different talents within your team
And finally, you need to manage your surroundings. The better you get a managing yourself and your team, the more successful you will get. At that point, you need to work on improving two elements for success:
- make sure that you are rewarded for making the best use of what you do best, not for trying to improve on what you do worst. In a team organization, you don’t have to excel in everything.
- find the best people to work with. Use the success of your team to increase your circle of influence. You will be able to choose your team and the organization that suits you best.
For more information, practical exercises or coaching (in Dutch or English), please check this site: www.persoonlijke-innovatie.nl
Menno R. van Dijk