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In this post, I thought it would be fun to share with you the 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork as written by John C. Maxwell. For the laws that I find the most crucial to re-defining the “me-first culture,” I will offer a brief perspective.

The Law of Significance
. One is too small a number to achieve greatness.

 The Law of the Big Picture. The goal is more important than the role.
It is important that each team member understands not only how to do their job, but how their job helps fulfill the mission of the organization.

 The Law of the Niche. All players have a place where they add the most value.
So true! Team members of an organization need to understand how to create their greatest value.

 The Law of the Great Challenge. As the challenge escalates, the need for teamwork elevates.
Need I say more?

The Law of the Chain. The strength of the team is impacted by its weakest link.

 The Law of the Catalyst. Winning teams have players who make things happen.
This point is important because not all team members contribute to the team in the same way. Leaders notice those who “make things happen” and expect them to perform at the very highest levels.

 The Law of the Vision. Vision gives team members direction and confidence.

 The Law of the Bad Apple. Rotten attitudes ruin a team.
Therefore, hire individuals with excessive cheerfulness, period!  They make the best team members.

 The Law of Countability. Teammates must be able to count on each other when it counts.

 The Law of the Price Tag. The team fails to reach its potential when it fails to pay the price.
To me, investing in the right training to enhance the job-knowledge and skills of your team is a price worth paying.

 The Law of the Scoreboard. The team can make adjustments when it knows where it stands.

 The Law of the Bench. Great teams have great depth.
This may seem obvious, but it’s important to hire talent that not only can fill an immediate opening, but also has significant upside to fill other positions as your organization grows.

 The Law of Identity. Shared values define the team.

 The Law of Communication. Interaction fuels action.

 The Law of the Edge. The difference between two equally talented teams is leadership.
Hence the purpose of my blog!

 The Law of High Morale. When you’re winning, nothing hurts.
The moral here is to celebrate your successes….Together!

 The Law of Dividends. Investing in the team compounds their value over time.

 Many of you may have your own stories to share that will bring these laws to life. I look foreword to reading your comments on any of Maxwell’s laws.

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