It’s very fashionable to talk about working together as a team; however, few companies take the steps necessary to make it happen.
We find our best solutions come from the varying backgrounds and skills of our staff. Each person brings a different perspective, which together creates a better solution than any single individual could’ve created alone.
Because we live in a culture of competition, we’ve got to find ways to motivate people to work together to get the best results.
We’ve found that money is not as great a motivator as inclusion or success. Individuals seek to be valued. When an organization values the thoughts and perspectives of an individual—and demonstrates that value by incorporating them into a project, both the organization and the individual win.
We also bring teams together early in the process. The sooner people begin to brainstorm, the more efficient the process will be.
We give our teams the freedom to fail. Small failures can be a wonderful thing. People learn from their mistakes. They learn what can and can’t be done, they learn that their team members are there to help, and most importantly, they learn the organization still values them even after making a mistake. This final element engenders the freedom to think outside the box, and thus create interesting and novel things.
While your competitors will be fighting to dominate the traditional segments of the market and competing on price, your organization will be opening different new markets, and competing on service and experience (and price, too).
So do the math again. Make the teamwork process a part of your business culture.