Toxic or Tonic - What do you bring?Toxic. It’s a really powerful word. Websters defines it as “Relating to or caused by poison; Very bad, unpleasant, or harmful…”Blue-green algae on the one hand is in the news as a very dangerous, man-made disaster for the environment and our economy. People just smelling it, let alone touching or ingesting it, can become very ill.Tonic is defined by Websters as “Giving a feeling of vigor, or well-being; invigorating..." I always knew blue-green algae as a super-food - a rich source of proteins, vitamins and minerals. It’s commonly understood to help us be more energetic and potentially live longer, healthier lives.What kind of blue-green algae is in your world? What form are you bringing?
Great teams are not just determined by how talented the people are, or how hard they work, or even how motivated they are for their own goals.
All of these are important, indeed essential. And, truly great teams are much better than the sum of their individual talents, efforts and motivations. Great teams and businesses are defined by how well they work together.
Talented, industrious, motivated people can be toxic or tonic to their teams. If they are ‘team players’ they will bring tonic – make each other, your clients, and your business better. If they are unpleasant, self-promoting, untrustworthy or bullying, then they bring toxicity. No matter how talented, they bring pain and costs to the team, your clients and your business.
As leaders, we get to choose what we will be. Self-promoting, pushing ahead, take-no-prisoners attitudes and behaviors can get us to the top. Invariably, they will not keep us or our businesses thriving or sustainable. Our people, clients and businesses will get get ‘sick of us’, ‘tired of us’, no matter how well paid or how good our products may be.
Here’s what we’ve learned truly matters most to making great teams out of talented people:1. Deepen trust by being open, honest and consistent in your mood, management, and values. Let your people know you – and help them to get to know each other.
2. Be ‘powerfully vulnerable’ by asking for help, acknowledging fears,challenges and/or shortcomings. People will really step up when you do so –unless they are toxic. And if they are, you get to make a choice…
3. Listen – truly listen. Pay attention, respond, and bring all of yourself to the important conversations. As the leader, your conversation is important to everyone who meets with you…
4. Confront issues. Don’t let them fester. Gossip is super bloom toxic algae. If you are all confronting and resolving issues in a healthy way – the fertilizer for your algae/gossip is gone.
5. Hold Accountable. Hold yourself accountable to do what you say you will. Encourage everyone to do the same. Make it the culture of your business.
The choice is ours every day. Every meeting. We get to decide. Toxic or Tonic – what will I be? What will we be?
Here’s to super food in all our diets!~
Contact us at Info@ThirdLevel.com to learn more on how we can work with your teams and add some 'tonic' to your systems and communications.
I’ve engaged Third Level with multiple teams over 12 years and we continue to generate exceptional business results. I see the program as my gift for all those who I’ve worked with and led. Without exception they feel much better about themselves and the world they live in – delivering more through improving satisfaction and engagement as leaders and teams.
I am a better leader, husband and father as a result of the work I do with Third Level.
Nick Williams Deputy Director, Group TransformationLloyds Banking Group
You managed to take a healthy, vibrant, and talented team to a new level of commitment to their careers, their lives and each other. Each member of our top management team has thanked me for the experience and related that this has been one of the best professional experiences of their lives. The outcome was clearly of great benefit to my businesses over the years. We identify issues that probably wouldn’t have surfaced for two years, saving ourselves at least five times our investment with you. And we are solving problems and confronting issues much more quickly. Our foundation of trust has grown quickly. More recently, the Fascination profile has helped us understand and collaborate far more quickly together as new teams form, and decision-making progresses.
Gary Press President,ARS and Chairman, Lifestyle Media Group