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A familiar story? | Future Leaders Blog

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We once heard this special story, which in a very simple way perfectly describes how things sometimes are at work. Have you seen this? Do you recognize it?

There were four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.

 

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it.

 

Everybody was sure Somebody would do it.

 

Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.

 

Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job.

 

Everybody thought Anybody could do it but Nobody realized

 

that Everybody wouldn’t do it.

 

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when

 

Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

 

We are pretty sure that you would agree with us that this is poor teamwork.

A healthy, well-performing team is one where roles and responsibilities are clear, and where goals are shared so that Everybody actively steps forward as needed and takes responsibility for the outcome.

And wouldn’t you agree that the sense of achievement of having reached a goal as a team is pretty amazing! Shared pride is so powerful and motivating and energizing.

So think about it. What can you collaborate even better on in your team? And how can you make that happen?

About the authors

Mandy Flint & Elisabet Vinberg Hearn, award-winning authors of ”The Team Formula”.

Their latest book, multi-award-winning ”Leading Teams – 10 Challenges: 10 Solutions”, published by Financial Times International is a practical tool for building winning teams. You can download a free chapter of the book at www.leadingteamsbook.com

Praise for ”Leading Teams: ”Enjoyable to read. Simple to understand. Practical to implement. A must read for team members or leadersDebbie Fogel-Monnissen, Executive Vice President, International Markets Finance Officer, Mastercard, NY, USA

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