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June 30, Your Business Taylor (Last of two parts) last week's column we how geese flying in are an efficient team. out how they travel far- less effort when they fly in We can all learn some from the way go about their work of sur- The number one lesson is the of teamwork. Teamwork is to work together a common vision or goaL 30 years my work- :areer )arts, I've had the with some very I've watched as the of teamwork allowed people to obtain uncom- That is the value of extraordinary results. team even makes a Breakfast July 2nd at 6:30-9:00 a.m. The public is invited. Come and ejoy the celebrationl 1994 good acronym: Together Everyone Accomplishes More. Together we can fly higher, travel farther, be more productive and enjoy lifelong relationships. I've also noticed that some teams dream of worthy ac- complishments while other teams stay awake and get the job done. What are the ingredients that makes teams successful? I believe there are five common factors you'll always find in winning groups. Five Success Factors The first factor is that sue- cessful teams stay focused on a commonvision or goal. Every team member has a sense of the purpose or mission of the organization. Successful teams focus on achievement. They focus on win- uing. They focus on execution - doing the job right the first time - and improvement. If you wish to lead a success- ful team, make certain that every team member knows where the team is headed. Unlike geese who intuitively fly in the right direction, you will have to bring your team members into the inner circle of knowledge. Let each person know their role and responsibility. The second factor of success is that all members make a commit- ment to the team. Although everyone who tries is a winner, his- tory only records the finishers. Successful teams are com- prised of those who are committed enough to follow everytask through to the end. They never lose their focus, they never let other team members down intentionally. On those rare occasions where a team member can't perform due to ill- ness or injury, others step in to fill the gap. The third element of success- fail teams is that they look for ways to build one another up. Just like the honking geese encourage the leader to keep up the pace, com- mitted team members praise and encourage each other. This may sound easy, but it isn't. There are times when we make more mistakes than progress. It is easy then to tear the system down. Winners are quick to praise and slow to criticize. Look for positive behavior and encourage it. Praise is a factor in strengthening every successful team. The fourth factor of team success is pride. Yes, I know the Ble says that pride goeth before a fall, but I'm not talking about a false, vain pride. The pride I'm talking about is the personal satis- faction that comes with the knowledge you've done the job well. Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did the work. Autograph your work with quality and pride. Don't be vain or boast- ful. Give credit to other team members. Build them up and they will carry you with them - with pride. The final factor found in suc- cessful teams is that they acknow- ledge a leader. Someone has to be in charge. Some team member must have the ultimate respon- sibility for the actions of the team. Acknowledge your leaders and give them all the support they deserve. This fall as you look up and see a big flock of Canadian geese headed south for the winter, I hope you'll remember this column. Also, I hope you'll be reminded of the value of teamwork. You may write to Don Taylor in care of "Minding Your Own Business," PO Box 67, Amarillo, Texas 79105 Get Your Raffle Tickets on a Camcorder At Henson's At The Nook & Bronco T-Shirts Shorts, Blouses, Slacks, Jeans, Dresses, Skirts, Jewelry, Merle Norman Cosmetics, & Much, More! 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