The Power of we, is a principle where we trade “me” mindsets for “we” mindsets.
As we found out in the first blog of this title, the Power of we is the realization that together we are better. We are stronger, faster, smarter, more effective and empowered.
Having this attitude that includes cooperation with others does not minimize our individuality whatsoever, it actually maximizes it as we bring who we are to intersect with the livesof others, and, as our skills, strengths and talents intermingle and congeal our independence leans in to interdependence and together we make a greater difference.
The Next mindset exchange is very important. We need to exchange a Territorial Mindset with an Empowering Mindset.
I’ll never forget a time when the organization I was working for was adopting another organization. Inside the other organization there was a leader who had been excellent in the department they were leading. They had a good team, and fairly effective system, they were adequately getting the job done. However, as you do when you absorb another organization, there have to be changes, and embracing of new culture and corporate DNA, Vision, mission etc.
The sad part of the whole situation is that our goal was to be able to keep people in roles that they loved and embrace them as a part of our team. This would only require a cooperative attitude and a teachable mindset. We didn’t realize it at the time but we didn’t have either one of those in this person.
They literally fought to keep us out of the department. They used terminology like mine, and me, what I have always done, my volunteers, my facility etc. Now there is a place for ownership, but there is never a place for possessiveness. This is insecure, and helps no one. The ultimate outcome is, we had to let this person go, and revamp with a whole new leader and system, when it could have been a minor adjustment, it became a major overhaul.
A territorial mindset is the antithesis of a team mindset. Being possessive is the action of a positional leader. This is mine because I’m the boss, because of my title. It isn’t leadership at all and becomes so unhealthy that it hurts the entire organization.
An empowering mindset says, we are all in this together. It understands the power of we. It gets it that as individuals we are all very important to the team, but the team must be of primary importance to us as individuals.
Territorial is fear based. I’m afraid, I’m going to lose my role. Im afraid someone is going to steal my spot.
Empowering is confidence based. It tries to develop leaders to take its spot. Knowing that if I am a person who is developing others and working myself out of a job, there is greater influence for me, and greater opportunity in my future as well as making room for other leaders to grow and develop and the organization is more successful.
Territorial is self centered. It sees itself as the most important thing. Its agenda is primary. Its plans are most important.
Empowering is vision centered. It sees the vision of the organization is the most important thing. The goal is more important than the role.
Territorial is positional. It sees others working for him
Empowering is influential. It see others working with him.
If we are to find that place of better together, of synergy and unification, of agreement, we have to exchange our territorial mindset with an empowering mindset. When we do, it speeds progress up. It creates a powerfully freeing and emotional life giving experience.
If we just want to win some battles. Just want some small victories than we can let the small minded territorial person stay the way they are. But if we want to win championships. If we want to produce real and lasting change? If we want to make a true difference and achieve purpose driven goals, then the exchange must be made.
“Talent wins games, but intelligent team work wins championships”
In essence what we are saying is be a team player. Understanding that team is what wins championships. Always remember where your strength lies.
“The strength of the team lies with the individual. And the strength of the individual lies within the team”