The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork Dr. John C. Maxwell
The Law of Significance One is too small a number to achieve greatness.
Why Do We Stand Alone? • Ego • Insecurity • Naivete • Temperament
The Law of the Big Picture The goal is more important than the role.
The Process of the Big Picture • Look up at the big picture • Size up the situation • Line up needed resources • Call up the right players • Give up personal agendas • Step up to a higher level
The Law of the Niche All players have a place where they add the most value.
Correctly Placing People • Wrong Person/Wrong Place = Regression • Wrong Person/Right Place = Frustration • Right Person/Wrong Place = Confusion • Right Person/Right Place = Progression • Right People/Right Places = Multiplication
Correctly Placing People • You must know the team • You must know the situation • You must know the player
How to Find Your Niche… • Be secure • Get to know yourself • Trust your leader • See the big picture • Rely on your experience
The Law of Mount Everest As the challenge escalates, the need for teamwork elevates.
A Team for Your Dream • What is your dream? • Who is on my team? • What should my dream team look like?
Growing Your Team • Develop team members • Add key team members • Change the leadership • Remove ineffective leadership
The Law of the Chain The strength of the team is impacted by its weakest link.
Teamwork is not for Everyone • Not everyone will take the journey • Not everyone should take the journey • Not everyone can take the journey
Impact of a Weak Link • The stronger members identify the weak ones • The stronger members have to help the weak one • The stronger member come to resent the weak one • The stronger members become less effective • The stronger members question the leader’s ability
The Law of the Catalyst Winning teams have players who make things happen.
Three Kinds of Players • People who don’t want the ball • People who want the ball but shouldn’t • People who want the ball and should
Characteristics of a Catalyst • Intuitive • Communicative • Passionate • Talented • Creative
Characteristics of a Catalyst • Initiating • Responsible • Generous • Influential
On the road to improvement… • Find a mentor • Begin a growth plan • Get out of your comfort zone
The Law of the Compass Vision gives team members direction and confidence.
Aligning Your Vision • A moral compass (look above) • An intuitive compass (look within) • A historical compass (look behind)
Aligning Your Vision • A directional compass (look ahead) • A strategic compass (look around) • A visionary compass (look beyond)
The Law of the Bad Apple Rotten attitudes ruin a team.
Attitudes & Teamwork • Attitudes have the power to lift up or tear down a team • An attitude compounds when exposed to others • Bad attitudes compound faster than good ones
Attitudes & Teamwork • Attitudes are subjective, so identifying a wrong one can be difficult • Rotten attitudes, left alone, ruin everything
There’s only one thing more contagious than a good attitude – and that’s a bad attitude.
The Law of Countability Teammates must be able to count on each other when it counts.
Countability Characteristics • Character • Competence • Commitment • Consistency • Cohesion
How are you doing? • Is your integrity unquestioned? • Do you perform your work with excellence? • Are you dedicated to the team’s success? • Can you be depended on every time? • Do your actions bring the team together?
The Law of the Price Tag The team fails to reach its potential when it fails to pay the price.
How to Pay the Price? • The price must be paid by everyone • The price must be paid all the time • The price increases if the team wants to improve, change, or keep winning • The price never decreases
Team Player Requirements • Sacrifice • Time Commitment • Personal Development • Unselfishness
Modeling Sacrifice - Are you… • Willing to make financial sacrifices for the team • Willing to keep growing for the sake of the team • Willing to empower others for the sake of the team • Willing to make difficult decisions for the sake of the team
The Law of the Scoreboard The team can make adjustments when it knows where it stands.
Keeping Score… • Is essential to understanding • Is essential to evaluating • Is essential to decision making • Is essential to adjusting • Is essential to winning
The Law of the Bench Great teams have great depth.
Honor & Developing Your Bench • Today’s bench players may be tomorrow’s stars • The success of a supporting player can multiply the success of a starter • There are more bench players than starters
Honor & Developing Your Bench • A bench player placed correctly will at times be more valuable than a starter • A strong bench gives the leader more options • The bench is usually called upon at critical times for the team
Predicting the Future of Your Team • Recruitment: Who is joining the team? • Training: Are you developing the team? • Losses: Who is leaving the team?
Correctly Placing People • Personality • Passion • Pattern • Potential • Profile • Placement
The Law of Identity Shared values define the team.
Connection & Shared Values • Glue • A foundation • A ruler • A compass • A magnet • An identity
Core Values of a Team • The personal growth of each team member • The priority of adding value to others • The power of partnership
Core Values of a Team • The practice of raising up and developing leaders • The proper stewardship of the ownership
Thinking About Your Team’s Values • Articulate the values • Compare values with practices • Teach the values • Practice the values • Institutionalize the values • Publicly praise the values
The Law of Communication Interaction fuels action.
Developing Good Communication • From leader to teammates • From teammates to leaders • Among teammates • Between the team and the public
When leaders don’t listen… • They stop gaining wisdom • They stop “hearing” what isn’t being said • Team members stop communicating • Their indifference spreads to other areas