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The Best Ability

Spartan warriors

Competitors always look for an edge. Coaches routinely deliver inspirational speeches peppered with motivational quotes. “The best ability is availability” is a particular favorite. It encourages that anyone can contribute. An individual’s presence can deliver critical results. Contributions emerge from all positions, all roles, all skill levels. Then, leaders are responsible for maximizing production from the assorted components under their guidance. Great coaches win championships when they harness all available talent and skills, then expertly guide them to a communal victory. But first, all components and resources must be available.

Teamwork
Whether the leader is a football coach, a life coach, a business coach, or a CEO, getting team members to contribute individual skills for a greater, communal purpose is necessary for success. The team cooperates to achieve milestones which lead to subsequent goals. The process begins with whom is present. Then, through explicit training and guidance, accountability develops so that team members and their leaders develop trust and common focus. The team’s success depends on the entire group’s ability to galvanize resources and skills to specific and measurable goals.

Whether the prize is a state title, or the highest grossing sales territory, multiple contributions are necessary for the victory. Teams that share in the struggle, share in the rewards. Members must be present, accountable, and contributing to achieve success. Likewise, leaders must have the ability to articulate a clear vision of success. For team members to be available, they need a reason to show up. They require inspiration to contribute upon entering the battle. The leader can establish the goal. The rewards can be articulated and acknowledged. But, ultimately team members must be available, then willing to sacrifice for each other.

Mentoring
Along the path to achievement, successful leaders transform from boss to mentor. Effective leaders’ motivation cannot be solely for their own glory. Individual talent and strong will undoubtedly secure victories. But, the perseverance required for long campaigns require endurance and assorted contributions. All participants must be willing and able to step in and contribute at any time. That time maybe during preparation or behind the scene offering encouragement.

Nevertheless, that time will come when a role player needs to intercede and the leader is responsible to have that individual prepared. Enthusiasm does not satisfy that requirement. Coaching that includes demonstrating winning characteristics, being genuinely and individually interested, investing personally in every individual’s specific development, all converge to build the environment where every single contributor is willing and able to do their part. Furthermore, each member has demonstrated willingness to prepare and to deliver their talent and heart for the team’s success. Then, when the time comes for them to contribute their ability, they are available!

Takeaways
Curiously, great mentors also learn from their mentees. Collaboration is a lot like synergy. Results exceed your inputs. Prioritizing individual development across all talent levels makes the difference in erecting the required teamwork for major victories. Competition is fickle. The best team does not always win. Sometimes, simply the best team on that specific field at that specific time secures the crown. But, to be on the championship field, the whole team must have prepared to be there. The team galvanized the winning culture. Effective leaders guided them. Contributors engage throughout the process from preparation through performance. Nevertheless, the ultimate ability is availability. The championship team needs to be present and accountable before the time comes to claim the rewards. Start preparing now to be available for the next victory!

By Glenn W Hunter
Managing Director of Hunter And Beyond, LLC

 

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January 17, 2018 - Posted by | Better Community, Better Person | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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