Thursday, February 16, 2012

Teamability: Why You Should Care

‘Teaming’ happens between two or more people.
The history of sports teams and top athletes is full of examples. In recent years we have seen one after another baseball, basketball, or football player with superstar talent being bounced from team to team. 
Why?  It’s not because they don’t play well. It’s because they don’t ‘team’ well. Meanwhile, sports franchise owners continue to load their rosters (and payrolls) with top talent, but in the end the prize usually goes to teams that really ‘connect’ and make the most of what they’ve got – that play with passion, and find a way to win despite the odds. It’s a very public example of what’s going on ‘behind the curtain’ in many organizations. 
Business is a Team Sport! The ramifications of this fact extend far beyond the ‘soft stuff’ of team-building and motivational programs. 
What would it mean to your organization if you could fully understand the ‘teaming quality’ of your new-hire candidates, your people, and your teams?
No matter where you are in your career, entry level to senior executive to business owner, how you team will determine how far you get. That's your teamability, and that's why you should care.