RESPECT™ Model: Team
All successful organizations share one thing in common – great teamwork! Individual superstars are great but the overall impact of their contributions is significantly diminished in the absence of employees partnering and working synergistically with one another. Sports provide frequent examples of extremely talented individuals who detract from the overall success of their teams. Teams can only win when individuals contribute as team members – not as individuals.
Effective teamwork depends on the extent to which team members feel respected and act with RESPECT toward one another. Team functioning and, in turn, organizational effectiveness, collapse when team members begin treating one another disrespectfully. Consider your own experiences and the relationship between teams reaching their goals and the extent to which people treated one another respectfully. Is your team functioning up to its potential? Do team members consistently treat one another with high levels of RESPECT? Is disrespect a disruption on your team? If so, call to schedule a Whiteboard Team Effectiveness Workshop based on the Team RESPECT Model today!
Team RESPECT Model Drivers:
RESPONSIBLE: Responsible team members feel a sense of obligation to one another and to the team as a whole. They welcome personal accountability and follow-through on their commitments. They deliver what they promise, when they promise it. When their performance does fall short, they do not make excuses or blame others; rather, they accept responsibility and seek to rectify the situation.
- Team members reliably follow through on their commitments
- Team members deliver on their promises
- Team members feel a sense of responsibility toward one another
- Team members accept responsibility for their mistakes and do not make excuses or point fingers
ENGAGED: Engaged team members are invested and committed to fulfilling the mission of the team. They are active and enthusiastic contributors who believe in the team’s goals and objectives. They exert high levels of discretionary effort to go above and beyond basic job requirements.
- The entire team is committed to fulfilling the mission of the team
- Team members are fully engaged in reaching the team’s goals and objectives
- Team members go above and beyond what is required of them
- Team members exert high levels of discretionary effort
SUPPORTIVE: Supportive team members actively listen to one another and readily offer assistance. They are thoughtful, caring, encouraging, understanding and considerate of one another. They genuinely appreciate and value their fellow team members and want them to be successful.
- Team members are genuinely supportive of one another
- Team members take the time to actively listen to one another
- Team members treat one another with consideration
- Team members care about one another
PURPOSE: Well-functioning teams form around a core purpose. Team members share a clear understanding of the team’s goals, objectives, mission and direction. Moreover, individuals understand their role, responsibilities and purpose for being on the team.
- Team members fully agree on goals and objectives
- The purpose and mission of the team is clear to all team members
- Team members clearly understand their role and responsibilities
- Every team member serves a clear and important purpose on the team
EFFECTIVE: Effective teams avoid “analysis-paralysis” and consistently meet or exceed their objectives. Tasks are completed on time, within budget and with a high degree of quality. Team meetings are focused and lead to decisions and actions that positively impact the organization.
- Our team makes decisions and follows-through with action
- Our team effectively “plans the work” and “works the plan”
- Our team consistently meets or exceeds objectives
- Our team accomplishes its goals regardless of extenuating circumstances
COLLABORATIVE: Collaborative team members view one another as partners and allies. They actively and openly share information and resources. Their focus is on accomplishing the mission of the team and not simply “looking good” and advancing their own agenda or career.
- Team members effectively communicate and share information with one another
- Team members view one another as partners and allies
- Team members willingly share resources and knowledge to help the team meet its goals
- Team members actively collaborate with one another
TRUST: Team members who trust one another believe that each will do their best for the sake of the team and one another. They trust the judgment of their fellow team members and do not fear being set up for failure, “hung out to dry” or acts of retribution. They feel safe and secure in stating their opinions and offering “out of the box” suggestions.
- I feel safe offering my honest opinions in front of my team members
- Team members trust one another to act in the best interests of the team
- I trust the judgment of my team members
- I trust my team members to “have my back” and do right by me
RESPECT: In order for a team to functional effectively, team members must fundamentally respect one another, as well as, the work and mission of the team. A clear indication of mutual respect is the extent to which team members actively listen to and value one another’s ideas and suggestions.
- Team members respect the work they do and view it as important and meaningful
- Team members respect the mission of the team
- Team members value one another’s ideas and suggestions
- Team members treat one another with respect