TEAM DEVELOPMENT (Q4.5)

The Q develops Dynamic Teams that benefit Community and enable his Organizations to be Effective

Dynamic Teams are essential to both Communities and Organizations.

A Community exists solely to respond to the human need of its Members to dwell in close Proximity to one another for their mutual benefit

Thus, as a Group, it is a place to be rather than a thing that does. Because Community Membership is passive, requiring nothing more than general adherence to law and mores to be in good standing, a Community has no organic means with which to respond to urgent needs or an external threat. Thus, it must depend upon Teams for the provision of security, the seeking of Advantage and the promotion of Virtue. As a result, a Community without Dynamic Teams is at existential risk. Communities, as Groups that be, must be supported by Teams, the Groups that do.

An Organization exists solely to realize its Articulated Purpose

As a Group, it is a thing that does rather than a place to be—its Members need not (and generally do not) live and work in close Proximity. As a result, an Organization requires the support of Dynamic Teams whose intimacy enables them to focus independently on the accomplishment of discrete Missions within the Organization’s overall Articulated Purpose.

Teams share a characteristic with Communities in that (unlike an Organization) a relationship of close Proximity is required between its Members

Teams also share a characteristic with Organizations in that both (unlike a Community) exist solely to realize a specific Purpose through the performance of a designated Task.

Therefore, while the Team shares some characteristics with the Community and Organization, it is unique in that both Proximate relationships and Purposefulness are vital to its Dynamism. Without strong Proximate relationships between its Members a Team cannot exercise teamwork. Likewise, if it is not Purposeful or has no Mission to fulfill, it is not a Team. It is a club, which is something completely different.

Ultimately, a Team’s Dynamism is defined by the degree that it successfully accomplishes its Mission, and nothing else. To leave a behind a Legacy the Q must be a developer of Teams that achieve their Purpose through the performance of their Mission.

While the Q has IMPACT and builds Organizations, he Develops his Teams

Development is a far more deliberate and painstaking process than IMPACT-ing individuals and building Organizations. It encompasses the full range of actions a Q must take to form and deploy a Dynamic Team. Because Teams feature both Proximity and Purposefulness, Development requires strong relationship and Leadership Skills.

F3 uses the acronym TEAM to encapsulate the Team Development process the Q employs:

 T is for Trust: reliance between Team Members

 E is for Equipping: matching the Team Members to its Mission

A is for Accountability: setting and maintaining high Standards within the Team

M is for Missionality: prioritizing Team Mission accomplishment

For the Team to be Dynamic, the Q must continually reinforce each aspect of the Development process

He must constantly strengthen Trust, both between each Member and between the Members and himself. He must ensure that Team has the Members it needs to accomplish its Mission and that each man is fully Equipped to do what what is required of him for Team success. He does this by adding Members as needed, removing Members who cause the Team to Decelerate and realigning Members as they gain skills or the Team Mission changes. Finally, he must keep the the Mission forefront in all the Team does and continually direct and focus the Members toward its accomplishment.

Most importantly, the Q must place his own interests behind those of the Team and of each individual Member. He must Live Third. Doing so will cover a multitude of Leadership sins.

But if he fails to Live Third, nothing else he does do or doesn’t do will matter at all.

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