TRIPLE III TIME: Teams/Teaming By Assignment or By Wish?

Over the last nine (9) years (yes nine years of TRIPLE III TIME messages) we have talked about Teams/Teaming and why they are important in our everyday worlds of work.  But to be honest I really didn’t understand nor take stock of the critical “building-block” advice that was often contained in each message.  Whether the value was with other staff members or partners in a product/service area, Teams/Teaming never lowers in professional value!

This week however we will look at Teams/Teaming from a special angle.  As people have discussed the structure of their Boards with me as part of consulting, we talk about the difference between being “ASSIGNED” to a Board versus someone who “WISHES” to join a Board.

magnifiedThink about it.  Consider the commercials that show someone being picked for a team because they are cool and the best.  Or back in grade school when people were picked ahead of you because they were better at a certain sport/activity.  Are you thinking?  Would people pick you or your organization/business FIRST to be on their TEAM??

Before you answer that question, I think you need to first consider another set of TOP 10 questions:

  1. Do you try to retain an “always progressive” professional stance?
  2. Do you embrace a teaming priority to ensure everyone wins together with any project?
  3. Does your group feel pride and proud of what they do…what they produce?
  4. Does your organization retain a questionable “pick me-pick me” over-whelming communication style?
  5. Does your agency portray an attitude of always being ready for the next challenge?
  6. Do people feel safe coming to you for input?
  7. Do leaders think of you/your group when they consider setting an innovative precedent?
  8. Would people/organizations brag that they are Teams/Teaming with you/your organization?
  9. Would someone want to join your Board based on your history?
  10. Would someone want to experience “repeat-business” with you or your group?

Teams/Teaming By Assignment or By Wish is an interesting self-analysis activity.  Give it a try.

About Inspiring Innovations, Inc.

Marv Pichla is currently the owner and Creative Advisor for his own small business, Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Sharing his unique experience with entrepreneurship and innovation in public service, Marv consults with public and private business, education, and community organizations to develop new and different problem solving methods through real-life example-based learning. Prior to starting-up Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Marv served as Executive Director for Thumb Area Michigan Works! As Executive Director, Marv used public sector innovation as his guide for the organizations regional career development, employment service, education and strategic planning initiatives. Finally, Marv was raised on a farm in the Thumb Area of Michigan where he claims he received the education principles he values most. However, he obtained his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Center Michigan University in Public Administration and eventually his Ph.D. from Capella University in Minnesota. Marv can be reached at:

Posted on November 18, 2022, in DEVELOPING YOU!. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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