Azurin and Yvette Pantilla of bizsum. Building a winning team requires understanding of these principles. Whatever your goal or project, you need to add value and invest in your team so the end product benefits from more ideas, energy, resources, and perspectives. One is too small a number to achieve greatness.

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But not Jimmy Carter. If you look at his career—from the time he was a schoolboard official, to his term in the White House and beyond—you can see that he was willing to take on nearly any role in order to achieve a goal he believed in.

He has always embraced the importance of the big picture. Habitat was officially founded by Millard and Linda Fuller in , though the two had been exploring the idea for many years before that—first in the U. The goal of the organization is a huge one—to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world. After six years, they had built houses internationally in Mexico, Zaire, and Guatemala. In the U. And groundwork was being laid to build in many other cities.

But the process was a struggle. They had found a successful formula for their goal: Offer home ownership to the neediest people able to make a house payment, build low-cost housing using volunteer labor, involve the future homeowner in the building process, and create nointerest loans to finance the houses.

It was a great idea, and it was catching on. But to reach the world as they desired, the Fullers knew they would have to take Habitat to a whole new level.

From their headquarters in the town of Americus in southern Georgia, the Fullers saw a possibility. Ten miles away in the tiny town of Plains was a man who might be able to help them: Jimmy Carter. The former U. And in early they made contact. When Carter said he was very interested in Habitat for Humanity, Fuller decided to boldly propose a list of fifteen possible roles the former president could take, hoping he would agree to one or two.

But the former president put together a work crew, traveled with them via Trailways bus to the Brooklyn, New York, building site, worked tenaciously every day for a week, and slept in a church basement along with everyone else.

That was in Since then Carter has raised teams and served in a similar fashion every year. And his dedicated service has attracted people from every walk of life to serve in similar roles.

But Jimmy Carter is the one who put it on the map. His selfless service has inspired people rich and poor, obscure and famous, powerful and ordinary to see the huge goal of helping people at the lowest level of society by providing them with a decent place to live. And he inspired them to get involved.

So far, Habitat has built more than , houses sheltering more than half a million people all over the world. Because they, like Carter, wanted to be part of something bigger than themselves. They understood that the goal was more important than the role. They embraced the Law of the Big Picture. They are willing to sacrifice their role for the greater goal. What attracted Jimmy Carter to Habitat for Humanity?

How did Jimmy Carter help to move Habitat for Humanity to the next level? Why do you think Jimmy Carter was willing to participate physically in building a house?

In your industry or area of service, who models the Law of the Big Picture? How does this individual reflect the idea that the goal is more important than the role? Leaders at the highest level understand the Law of the Big Picture. They continually keep the vision of the big picture before themselves and their people. It takes courage and resolve to recognize that the goal is more important than the role. Often it means sacrificing professional satisfaction, individual statistics, or personal glory.

How do individuals make the shift from independent people to team players who exemplify the Law of the Big Picture? It takes time. Here is my take on how to get the process started: 1. You have to have a goal. Without one, you cannot have a real team. A group of individuals without a goal can go nowhere. Leaders usually have the role of capturing and communicating vision.

They must see it first and then help everyone else to see it. If you are the leader of your team, your role is to do what only you can do: paint the big picture for your people.

Without the vision, they will not find the desire to achieve the goal. Now, for someone determined to do everything alone, seeing the gulf between what is and what could be is often intimidating.

The better resourced the team is, the fewer distractions the players will have as they work to achieve their goal. You can lose with good players, but you cannot win with bad ones. One of the key players on that team was Mia Hamm. In her book Go for the Goal, she gives her perspective on her sport and the attitude a player must bring into the game to achieve the goal of becoming a champion: Soccer is not an individual sport.

I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team. I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.

This is the kind of sacrifice required for teamwork. Unfortunately, some people would rather cling to agendas and pursue the path of their own inflated egos instead of letting go in order to achieve something greater than themselves.

As philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche said: "Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal. As a result, their own potential goes untapped, and the people who are depending on them are bound to be let down.

I understand the goal of my team. I am willing to give up my personal rights for the greater good of the team. I am realistic when sizing up how far my team is from reaching a goal. I am not afraid of a challenge because I know I have the support of a team. I know the equipment and resources needed to accomplish a task. I feel that each person on my team is important, and I express this through my interaction with my teammates and others. I know my purpose for being on the team.

I am willing to take a subordinate role for the good of the team. I constantly ask myself, "What is best for the team? Continue growing, but also spend time helping others to develop in this area. To strengthen your teamwork ability, develop yourself in this area.

Until you grow in this area, your team effectiveness will be negatively impacted. What are the six things a team member must do to promote unity within his or her team? Give an example. Which part of the Big Picture process is the most difficult for you?

How can you overcome this challenge to promote team unity? How do the leaders of your team ensure that each person on the team knows what the Big Picture is? How do the members of your team react when they are asked to give up their personal agendas? How do you react? How does the Law of the Big Picture apply to a project that your team is currently working on? What can you do to ensure that you or others are not hindering the accomplishment of the Big Picture goal?

Once the goal has been met, answer the following questions. What was your role in helping the team to succeed? What challenges did you face? Did you at any time try to take over the project? How did the other team members react to you? What did you learn from this experience? How did you feel when the team succeeded or failed? What will you do differently next time? The man who took that position was Colin Powell. It was significant because, to put it simply, Colin Powell was the best individual in all of the United States to take on the role of secretary of state.

George W. At first, Powell entered college uncertain of what he wanted to do with his life. It was there that he discovered real teamwork for the first time in his life.

In My American Journey, Powell wrote: My experience in high school, on basketball and track teams, and briefly in Boy Scouting had never produced a sense of belonging or many permanent friendships. The Pershing Rifles did. For the first time in my life I was a member of a brotherhood. The discipline, the structure, the camaraderie, the sense of belonging were what I craved. I became a leader almost immediately. I found a selflessness among the ranks that reminded me of the caring atmosphere within my family.


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