"A team who achieves joint results wants to stick together"
— Mirinda du Plessis, CEO of RDL
The beauty of teamwork is that it allows people to play to their strengths and supplement their weaknesses. When everyone works in harmony to achieve a common goal, it unleashes a level of creativity and productivity that individual work can't match.
There's something special about being part of a team that brings out the best in people. Maybe it's the sense of camaraderie and support or the feeling that you're part of something bigger than yourself. Whatever the reason, teamwork has an undeniable power to motivate and inspire.
The key to teamwork success lies in bringing out the best in people because they can tap into a collective intelligence much greater than the sum of its parts. By leveraging the strengths of each individual, teams can accomplish far more than anyone could ever achieve on their own. This leads to better work because the best ideas rise to the top, which shows in their performance when people enjoy coming to work every day.
Finally, teams need to be able to stick together, even when times are tough. This means that team members must be committed to one another and the team's success. When teams stick together, they're more likely to weather any storms that come their way and come out stronger on the other side.
See the RDL 5 Work Zones below. But, of course, the ultimate is to become a Soul Singing Team.
"If you take out the team in teamwork, it's just work. Now who wants that?"
— Matthew Stover
The 5 Work Zones
Discovering and working with your team members' unique abilities requires more than just identifying skills and talents and simply ticking a box. It means embarking on a journey of self-discovery that empowers the individual to want to explore their unique talents and to gain a real sense of purpose and meaning in their work.
If you want to find your people's respective work genius zones - where they're in flow, and everything feels effortless - you need help. This discovery process is not a quick fix; it's a journey that will take time and effort. But the rewards will be incredible if you're willing to work. So let's look at the five work zones:
1. Danger Zone
In this zone, you are not competent. As a result, spending time and energy here is wasted unless it's crucial for your development. On the other hand, you might be competent but emotionally disengaged and operating in the danger zone as a quiet quitter. You know you're on a go-slow strike and have mastered the art of doing as little as possible but still getting by. You may not realise that disengagement costs you job satisfaction and career advancement. If you want to stay engaged at work, it's essential to find ways to connect with your co-workers and contribute to your team's success.
2. Average Zone
You're competent and can do your work, but you're no better or worse than average. You don't distinguish your capabilities in any significant way. This makes you feel like you're stuck in a rut. You want to be able to do more and be better than average, but you don't know how. We don't want you to merely zone up because if you can find your genius, you'll be able to contribute more to your team and make a remarkable difference.
3. Comfort Zone
You're doing outstanding work because you're tremendously skilled and efficient. High performers live in this zone and often find their work satisfying. The comfort zone is cultivated because it's "practice makes perfect". You know what you're doing, so you can focus on the task and not worry about making mistakes. This allows you to work quickly and efficiently, which is why your work is outstanding. It's a challenging zone to break away from because this is where you feel good and perform well. But, deep down, you know there's more because you need to discover your genius and true purpose.
4. Genius Zone
You're fully engaged at work when using your talents, personality and unique experience to elevate your energy and give you a sense of individual fulfilment. You're often in a state where time passes without you noticing, and you're entirely focused on what you're doing. This can lead to greater productivity, creativity, and a sense of satisfaction. The genius zone is often masked because little effort is needed to operate; therefore, it's hard to discover this on your own. However, a coach can guide you because a sensible process is the key to finding your genius.
5. Soul Singing Team® Zone
Building a financially and emotionally profitable small business takes more than individual brilliance. Powerful teamwork makes a difference because it gives an outcome of 1 + 1 greater than 2. It can be more than 2; it can be 3, 5 or even 10. The team gets excited about their fantastic results because they achieve a greater outcome than their combined individual contributions. Together they can achieve greater results than they ever thought possible because in-sync teamwork is the superpower of Soul Singing Teams.