Choose 4 Team Qualities
If you could only choose four, what ingredients would you include in a recipe for a thriving team? Begin with the broadest range of history, experience, and perspective. Add a commitment to a common goal. Sprinkle in the energy of new ideas. Finish with resilience in the face of change. Diversity, cohesion, creativity, and adaptability. Together, they keep the team moving forward.
We are DIVERSE!
Differences are strengths. Whether by background or bias, clashing viewpoints lead to solutions when conflict is managed with respect and professionalism. There are many paths to the same destination.
We are COHESIVE!
Trust is the natural consequence of accountability and connection. Over time, teammates embrace interdependence. We rise, fall, and get back up together.
We are CREATIVE!
Solutions follow problems. The struggle resulting from an unmet need generates growth. Dissonance seeks harmony. The payoff for embracing diversity is innovation.
We are ADAPTABLE!
In the end, it’s all about making change and adjusting to new conditions. How long you mourn a loss determines how quickly you figure out what to do about it. Moving forward following a setback takes courage. Staying stuck stops the team’s evolution. Reboot and reinvest.
Diversity, cohesion, creativity, and adaptability are the qualities of sustainability. Teams with these traits reinvent themselves over and over again. Challenge becomes opportunity and obstacles become fuel. Each cycle of growth renews the team’s mission while, fortunately, nothing stays the same.