What makes people want to work together? If there were a formula, it would be easy to continually create the conditions for smooth-functioning teams and highly efficient meetings. We could collect three people with x trait and two people with y trait, call them a team and – presto bingo – a high functioning group. If only it were so simple.
Many factors can be at play; often we want to work with others who are “like-minded” and sometimes we seek out people who bring different perspectives and ideas. Do we choose thoughtful, quiet spoken types where we want to hang on every word, or do we look for high energy, “idea-a-minute” contributors?
Who we want to work with may change from day to day, and from project to project. However, there is at least one commonality that we can identify among people who want to work together – commitment to a shared goal. A clear, shared goal gives purpose and direction to our work, and inspires us to rally together. Others see our commitment to the goal when we invite different perspectives, thoughtfully assess the options and move forward willingly on the path toward the goal.
If you see commitment and engagement falling, is it time to revisit your goals?