My friend Megan says she works best with Teams but find fewer in her workplace who want to do so. The Hope & Healing Place has been developed for 10 yrs through Partnerships, I too find fewer and fewer who either understand Partnership or want to do so. What is going on??? What changed??? How and why do more and more of us find ourselves isolated as individuals or as organization?
I suggest three possible impacts on teams and Partnerships:
* Today's economy either pushes us toward each other or away from each other. I am finding peers returning to "silo management" models of the 1950's. Retreating into survivial mode when the real way out is joiining wiht others to strenghen us all;
* A younger group now in lead roles have little or no mentoring or education around Teams and Partnerships. Undergrad and Grad schools have not a clue or interest. So, we produce more and more of the "Me" generation in lead roles. My heritage has been "Other "oriented by training and experience.
* Our hand held devices tend to isolate us as individually. We set in rooms together, all connected, but not really connected to the person setting next to us. thus, predictable that the concept of Team is not on our hand helds.
While non-profits led the way yrs ago in Team developoment we can now learn more from Home Depot, Bell, and Wal Mart who have defined success through Teams and Partnerships.
So, Megan, we will have to teach, coach, and model Team and Partnership with younger leaders and those we work closely. There really is no other productive.
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