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Discover Why Teamwork Fails Without Vision

Author : Jodi Ouellette

Teamwork is not always a natural thing. The difficulty often lies in an individuals willingness to play a secondary role, and focus on a team vision. Teamwork means working together for a greater cause, something bigger than just you. At the very heart of our human existence, is the need to feel important and be acknowledged, which makes it more difficult to give up personal agendas and is the reason why teamwork will fail without a vision.

Sometimes in a job it can be accomplished easier, as each person in an establishment has a specific job description or duty they must perform to make sure the business or organization runs and functions the way it is supposed to. Even in that atmosphere, teamwork is met with rivalry from individuals vying for a promotion, to earn a raise, or simply to get noticed .

Bear in mind the world of pro sports...the athlete with the highest score, or who's name is in lights more often, earns the highest incomes, a better bonus, or a more lucrative endorsement. Amidst all the individual opportunity, here's reality - if teams don't have a victorious season, if a business isn't profitable, if a charitable organization can't arrive at it's target, the result is failure for the team as a whole, counting the players with super size egos. All being the foundational reason why vision is essential for any team's success.

Regardless of the type of business, you need to understand that in order for every team to prosper and succeed, there is a goal larger than your own, and the entire team have got to work together for the common goal. The group must be unified in vision, understand where the organization is going, and must sacrifice their personal agendas in order to reach it’s potential.

If you are like me, you started a home business with the intent of improving your personal situation. The majority of business owners start their venture with a totally personal agenda, to expand your income, to be your own boss, for financial freedom, to travel more, donate more, etc.

No matter what your motivation is, please know, you are also one piece of an entire success picture, counting others you may work with, and the company as a whole. When the larger organization succeeds, it gives each person more opportunity to open the door for even more people. When a company is booming as a whole, it has more to offer in incentives for people. It will have more ability to develop more products or services to bring to the marketplace. When an organization fails, every member of that team fails in that instance. However, if each person does what they can, takes personal responsibility, then both the company, and the individuals succeed.

Six action items for developing your vision and winning team:

1. Establish the team's vision.

2. Analyze where you are, so you can figure out what it will take to reach the goal.

3. Detail the resources you have and will need.

4. Determine whose cooperation and team support you will need.

5. Set aside your personal agendas

6. Be a giver, not a taker.

Victory cannot be attained with teamwork unless you take "me" out the picture. If you focus more on giving praise and glory to your team, rather than taking it, you can establish a culture of devotion, where true teamwork prevails. Reaching your potential, and helping others reach theirs, is precisely why teamwork requires a big picture vision. The fruit of teamwork is victory, because if the team succeeds, the individuals succeed.

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You can learn more home business success tips with Jodi Ouellette, a home business transformation authority. The following link is a video training to learn six steps to transform your teamwork, with Jodi, a 9 year industry veteran, success marketing coach and leadership trainer.

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