Building a team isn’t complex. Teams tend to be galvanised by two things. They like to gather around the founding idea of the company. The more that idea is going to change things, the more people will want to gather around it. Purpose is important.
The second thing teams love to gather around is a leader they trust. Trust is a multiplier of energy for a team. In order for the team to trust the leader, the leader has to show the team that he or she trusts them. Trust is a two-way street.
But most companies are not set up to trust their people. In fact, they are set up to do the opposite. And yet trust is free. It breeds loyalty, passion and helps us all pull together. The magic of trust is it helps a team to become a team. And when there is lots of trust there is less stress.
“Trust Breeds Magic” — Swissmiss
Who’s already figured this out?
Teal Organisations (Leaders of the trust game)
In order to be labelled as Teal, organisations have to:
- Operate effectively with a system that is based on peer relationships, regardless of scale.
- Embed power and control throughout their culture, instead of in specific positions or top leaders.
- Create an environment where people feel that they can fully express themselves, and bring unprecedented levels of energy, passion, and creativity to work.
- Base their strategies on what the world needs, rather than the machinery of plans, budgets, targets, and incentives.
The Teal Pioneers:
- a Netherlands-based healthcare non-profit.
- a publicly-financed school in Berlin that prides itself on innovative curriculum and organisation.
- a brass foundry in France that produces gearbox forks for the automotive industry (among other things).
- a 600-employee mental health hospital system, based in central Germany, that applies a holistic approach to patient care.
- a US-based tomato processing company with 400 to 2,400 employees and a 30–40% share of the North American market.
- a $540 million manufacturer of climbing gear and outdoor apparel,based in California, that is dedicated to being a positive influence on the natural environment.
Resources for Human Development (RHD)
- a 4,000-employee non-profit social services agency that provides services related to addiction recovery,homelessness, and mental disabilities.
- a publisher of multimedia offerings related to spirituality and personal development.
- a maker of hydraulic cartridge valves and manifolds, with factories in the U.S., the U.K., Germany, and Korea, employing about 900 people.
- a management system first developed at the Philadelphia-based software company Ternary, that has been adopted by a few hundred profit and not-for-profit organisations around the world.
This is an excerpt from The Stress Report.
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