MISSIONALITY.TEAM (Q4.9)

The Q ensures that Mission accomplishment is always the Team’s first priority

A Team’s Mission is the Task it performs in order to realize its Articulated Purpose

Like Organizations, Teams do something (the Task) in order to realize a specified Outcome (the Purpose). Because they are part of an Organization and/or serve a Community, the Outcome a Team seeks is something that is in furtherance of the Organization’s Purpose and/or that will benefit the health of the Community.

The degree to which a Team is Dynamic will be based wholly upon its ability to accomplish its Mission

Teams that can’t or won’t perform their Mission become static and ultimately morph into clubs or simply disintegrate.

To keep that from happening, the Q constantly reinforces Missionality by ensuring that Mission accomplishment is the Team’s first priority. This requires Deliberatude, for the Q will encounter both the internal tendency of the Members to coast, and external demands that have nothing to do with the Mission.

It is very easy to determine if the Q is reinforcing Missionality within a Team. Simply ask a Member to tell you what the Mission is. If he can’t do that, ask him what the Team does, and why the Team does it. If he can’t answer either of those questions, the Q is not reinforcing Team Missionality.

The first step of Missionality is to determine the Problem the Team exists to solve

This provides the Q with the Team’s Purpose. A Team can be formed for any legitimate Purpose, but it cannot exist simply to exist. In other words, if a Team’s Purpose includes the verb to be, than you have a club not a Team.

For example:

F3’s Problem to be solved is dormant Male Community Leadership

F3’s Purpose is to reinvigorate Male Community Leadership

The second step of Missionality is to determine the means by which the Team will solve the Problem

This provides the Q with the Team’s Task, the thing that will be done to realize the Purpose. F3’s Task is to Plant, Serve and Grow men’s small Workout Groups.

The third step of Missionality is to combine the Task and the Purpose into a short and concise statement of the Team’s Mission

F3’s Mission is to Plant, Serve and Grow men’s small Workout Groups in order to reinvigorate Male Community Leadership

The fourth step of Missionality is to write the Mission down someplace public so that the Members can read it, and to periodically ask them to recite it without reading it

The fifth step of Missionality is to direct substantially all of the Team’s efforts and resources into the accomplishment of the Mission and resist all external pressure to do anything but that

The Mission provides the Team with both direction (internally) and protection (externally). But it only works if the Q injects a spirit of Missionality into the Members by ensuring that Mission accomplishment is always the Team’s first priority.

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