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I just found my notes from when Mark Beeson spoke to us at the REInnovate Conference a couple of months ago. Want to create and sustain a thriving team—even in the midst of difficult and painful seasons? Here are my notes from Mark’s session.
It is not beneficial to attempt this on our own. We’ve got to do it together. Every person has their role in the family effort. And there are threads that weave every role and relationship together like a fabric. That’s what makes us a team.
- VISION. Vision is a picture of what could be and should be. It binds us together, it invites others to what we’re striving for. If this is clear—it’s a deal maker. If this is not clear— it’s a deal breaker. Those who determine there is worth to the shared vision can do a great work together—more than any of us could ever do solo. [Everything we do is run through, points back to and advances this shared vision.]
- LEADER. People will join a team because they reasonate with and appreciate a leader, or not. Integrity and servanthood matters in leaders. Leaders face temptations to steer off course and can be undone by their own temptation, vulnerabilities and weaknesses. When the pressure is on, what is true about you will be revealed to the world. Deal with your soul. It is only possible to deceive people for a short time.
- TEAMMATES. This has impact on the unity of the team. I can’t work with people who will betray, wound, disparage and gossip about me.
- VALUES. When we all agree THIS is how we are going to treat each other, our daily mission is cohesive. [Our team values.]