I am here getting ready for a teambuilding training with the Lummi Tribe. I always enjoy helping Tribal and urban Indian organizations become more effective teams. It is true that two heads or more are better than one but only if they are aligned with the same vision. Along with the vision it is essential that a team have a specific purpose. Without a clear purpose you may be accomplishing a lot of tasks but they not be the right ones. Once you know your purpose you can create goals that are short term and long range. Goals are very powerful but they need to be specific, measurable and have a timeframe.

For some Tribal work units they have a lot of synergy where the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. A high functioning team has excellent communication among its team members, everyone is engaged on a regular basis and when conflict arises the team deals with it in a healthy way.

Together- A team is united and supports each other. All team members constantly provide positive reinforcement to the other team members.

E stands for exceptional. It starts with the team leader who knows how to harness the strengths of the team so that each member is able to perform at their best.

A is for action. A team is proactive and is part of the solution and not the problem. They know how to get things done.

M represents being mature. A team that creates a common purpose and has a clear vision becomes a very coherent group. The team is able to stay focused on the task at hand and can overcome any challenges it encounters.

For more information see Building Exceptional Teams at www.redroadleadership.us

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