Chief Executive at Ceannas
“Being part of a great team lifts people beyond what they can ever achieve as individuals.”
So said a chief executive to me a few weeks ago in response to a question about what he was looking for from his leadership team. This simple idea chimed perfectly with the Ceannas philosophy of maximising the effectiveness of a team by recognising and building upon the individual members' complementary assets.
However, that last sentence – although factually correct – doesn’t really trip off the tongue or satisfy the requirements of the ‘elevator pitch’, i.e. a succinct and persuasive description.
It was with the words of the chief executive ringing in my ears that I recalled Aristotle’s familiar phrase “the sum of the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. However, even that didn’t seem to do justice to essence of how the team enhances the individual.
At the heart of being a team is the concept of synergy, which is when the combined effect of team members is greater than the sum of the members' individual effects.
At the core of synergy is the notion of 'effectiveness'.
As I played with this idea it was a short leap to think of synergy being the outcome of "effectiveness to the power of team". Surely not an original idea!
As ever at these moments I have learned not to get too excited as the internet has an unfortunate habit of rendering every original idea stillborn as page after page demonstrates that so many other people got there before you.
You can imagine my surprise then, when the search engine that is Google, registered no returns for the search term "effectiveness to the power of team". I then searched for anyone who might have explored the idea of the mathematical formula of E to the power of t once again I was surprised by its absence.
Having said that my search did throw up that e to the power of any positive number represents the concept of exponential proportion - which seemed to perfectly align with my purposes.
Over the next few weeks I tested out the idea with a few trusted friends, colleagues and clients. To my surprise, all of these individuals, agreed that I had stumbled on an idea that made sense to them - and more importantly - would help others to understand the real purpose of belonging to a team.
For that purpose is not, as so often the case, to be an unnecessary distraction from your real business of your individual function, but to enhance the impact of those other members in the team. If that could be achieved then the effectiveness of every member of the group is multiplied (exponentially) by the power of team.
So ask yourself this question – does the Leadership Team you belong to, or lead, enhance the effectiveness of each and every individual? If it does then you are benefitting from the phenomenon of E to the power of t - and that's an exciting and high achieving place to be!
Postscript: Ceannas has registered Effectiveness to the power of team as a trademark with the UK Intellectual Property Office.
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