Written by Karen Vernal.
“In separateness lies the world’s great misery, in compassion lies the world’s true strength.” — Buddha
Recently, it was reported that Green Bay Packer’s Head Coach Mike McCarthy is focusing on creating stronger relationships among team players. His theme for the year is: Protection, Connection and Reflection, and he believes that the potential success for the team will be enhanced as they build personal relationships with one another.
While the 2011 and 2012 football teams were highly skilled, some suggest that the missing piece in their success was a sense of camaraderie among the players. This is not unlike the evolution that has been happening in business during the last few years. There is a growing awareness that when employees appreciate one another and build strong relationships, their efforts in the workplace are strengthened and business benefits.
So often, however, the focus in business is on technical competencies. Employees are expected to be good project managers, great sales people and effective technicians. Leaders are expected to be strategic thinkers, business planning experts and strong negotiators. Like football, the emphasis is on functional competencies. While that is certainly an important emphasis for business and football success, the difference in great businesses and great teams are the relationships that people build with one another in order to do their best work.
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