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Why Empowered Individuals Are So Critical to Team Success

March 28, 2017 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »

When you think of a team, you think of a collective group of people working together and shared goals. What’s good for each is good for everyone. Sayings such as, “There’s no ‘I’ in team” give notions of no one on a team looking out for themselves.

While this is a great thought, it’s not the real world. If we’re going to have successful teams, those teams are going to be comprised of individuals: individuals with unique personalities, unique working styles, unique goals and different values in life. There really is no one person pushing in one direction. Everybody’s working on their individual objectives but for a combined better good. For instance, in the case of a football team, if everybody wanted to be the quarterback, the football team would struggle and they wouldn’t be able to win football games.

Thankfully, there’s a coach, and the coach puts everybody into a position. Some people are offensive linemen, some receivers, and some get to be a quarterback. But, everybody plays their individual role. If you’re familiar with the modern NFL, and free agency rules, each player is trying to do the best they can at their individual position because that’s going to mean better contracts in the future, keeping their job, and a score of opportunities.  The side effect is it’s great for the team.

Now, moving back to our business world, we want to have our team members engaged, doing what they’re great at, doing what they love. With a coordinated playbook, everybody shouldn’t be doing the same thing, and everybody should be looking out for own individual good.

In my speech, The 3 Laws of Empowerment For High-Growth Companies (, I talk about the process of empowerment and how empowering team members to fulfill their dreams and their goals can mean a greater outcome for the entire organization. Forward thinking companies really get it.

If team members are fighting hard to do the things they want to do in their lives, in their careers, the team will do more. You need to celebrate the individual skills, talents, and abilities of your team members and tailor positions and roles to them. Build a team around everybody’s greatness. Let everybody focus on doing what they do best, and soon you’ll find your team is doing amazing things in a very coordinated fashion.

Don’t be afraid to bring somebody in to help the team think about being more empowered and doing more. Don’t be afraid of losing your employees. Be afraid if your employees are being stagnant and costing you lots of money. Empowered employees will do more for you.

What’s been your experience? Have you seen organizations that have clung to their employees and held them back with a misguided notion of the team? Have you seen other organizations that are wildly successful by capitalizing on everybody’s individual talents and abilities? Let us know your experience in the comments below.

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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique.  Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. jaylopez.


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