Do you think creating successful business teams is more or less important in today’s world than in the past? The reality is that it’s a collaborative world that depends on teams of people working together across time zones and continents. However, do managers and leaders really consider how to create a high-performance team? It’s not so easy.

The mechanics of developing successful teams requires time, patience, energy, commitment, knowledge, superb communication skills, and tremendous resources. Perhaps because of this, the actual implementation of teams is not as widespread as you might think.

Teamwork is often met with overwhelming resistance. Many of us don’t like to work on teams. Some are loners who contribute best when left to work on their own. Others feel that teams are time-consuming, expensive, uncertain, or risky.

The reality is that teamwork does not come naturally.

Basic human fears enter the picture: the fear of speaking up in a group, the fear of being punished for the mistakes of others, and the fear of having to be forced to agree with opposite points of view. People often resist being part of a team when they are not the leaders.

In today’s hyper-connected, flat world, the concept of teamwork often takes a backseat to individual responsibility and self-preservation. We’re reluctant to trust others, and the illusion of separability remains the dominant paradigm.

So, what is the solution? Let’s look for an out-of-the-box answer by examining the makeup of a hologram. Technically, a hologram is a three-dimensional image formed by the interference of light beams from a laser or other coherent light source.

Do you know what happens when a hologram is cut or divided or cut into a number of pieces? Amazingly, each piece contains the information of the whole from a slightly different perspective. This is the ideal metaphor for a super-charged team which I call a Holographic Team.

Over the years I’ve looked to many areas for examples of high-performance teams, including sports. The one that rings most effective is the art of making a movie. Having appeared in a number of films and married into a family of firm producers, I’ve been fortunate to witness the process of making a movie firsthand.

What makes moviemaking a great model for high-performance, self-managed teams? Everyone is committed to and united by a strong vision (a successful production), and there are several self-managed teams with their own vison that support the whole (i.e., costumes, set design, lighting, script, director). Of course like any team, there are potentially damaging egos and conflict, but the driving force of the overriding grand vision is always strong enough to surmount whatever challenges or conflicts arise.

The mind-set of the Holographic Team is a major paradigm shift from ‘‘me’’ to ‘‘we’’ and includes all the support points of empowerment that go with it. When the ‘‘we’’ paradigm is in place, challenges will work themselves out. Synergy, the acid test of teamwork, will propel the whole to unexpected heights.

The role of the team leader is neither to control nor to allow team members to slough off their responsibilities. The team will directly reflect the quality of its leadership. Therefore, the team leader must be a master at diplomacy, persuasion, communication, and conflict resolution.

In order to make a team successful, you must first fire up your imagination and envision all the elements of a Holographic Team “as if” they are in place. Then take action to make it happen.

Stay tuned for strategies for creating successful teams


Author's Bio: 

James Mapes is truly the embodiment of the Renaissance man: speaker, performer, coach, philosopher, clinical hypnotist, actor and writer. He delivers a message of unlimited possibilities, passion, love, fun and adventure. Mapes is a living example of the creativity of the human mind at work and his mission is to educated and entertain to show others how they can become masters of their own imagination!
James is a leading authority on the psychology of applied imagination, creativity, wellness, peak performance and leadership. He is the founder The Quantum Leap Thinking™ Organization and the creator of the Transformational Coach™.
As a recognized business speaker and performance coach, James has spoken to hundreds of public and private companies in more than 70 countries. His clients include financial institutions, software companies, the military, the healthcare industry, financial institutions, training and development divisions of large corporations and major non-profit organizations. Companies, associations, universities and business schools including - IBM Corporate, U.S. Coast Guard, Lockheed Martin and The Princeton Center for Leadership Training - have quoted Mapes in training manuals and textbooks.
In addition, his one-man hypnosis show, “Journey into the Imagination” and his mind-magic show “Master of the Imagination” have been presented at theatres, universities, Broadway and at Lincoln Center in Manhattan.
Mapes’ programs, IMAGINE THAT!: Igniting your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance, MIND OVER BODY: Harnessing Vision to Create a Wellness Strategy and TRUE LEADERSHIP: The Neuroscience of Effective Leaders have be presented in more than 70 countries.
His best-selling book, “Quantum Leap Thinking: An Owners’ Guide to the Mind” has been published in ten languages.
His newest book, “IMAGINE THAT: Igniting your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance” will be released Oct. 4, 2016
James Mapes presentations are personal, interactive and humorous. Above all, he creates results and makes a lasting difference in the energy level, commitment and productivity of each individual in his audience.
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