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This is the blog of Brian L. French where you'll find pondering's about the Harmonic Learning programs.

Harmonic Teaming - The 6-String Team

Brian Lowell French

A Team is Like a Guitar

Teamwork is defined as “cooperative work done by a team” (thanks Wordnet). It's much like playing a guitar. If only one string is played, it isn't really considered music. It's not until all of the strings are played in a way that creates a chord that it's considered pleasing. In the workplace, when all of the team-members are working in accord, it creates a pleasing workplace where great results will occur.

In this video I explain this concept.

Reasons and Excuses

Too often, teams don’t function well enough to cooperate, and too often the work does not get done. At least not as well as it could, and probably should be done.

So, the question is why? Some sadly common reasons are:

  • Bickering
  • Backstabbing
  • Lack of motivation
  • Miscommunication
  • Lack of commitment
  • Unfair internal competition
  • Lack of trust and understanding

But these truths are rarely stated. Instead people say things like:

  • There was not enough time
  • There were not enough resources
  • The client kept changing the scope
  • The stakeholder’s expectations were unrealistic
  • The other team involved didn’t come through in time
  • My dog ate the project plan (OK, maybe not this one…)

Excuses like these are heard everyday, on teams around the world, and are sent up the management chain to justify inadequate teamwork.

Could these statements be justified in many cases? Sure, but too often the realities of why the work suffered actually come down to one simple issue - the team is not operating as well as it could, and probably should be functioning.

Cost of Team Dysfunction

Team dysfunction is rampant in the modern workplace, and the negative results of this dysfunction show up in some key areas of business:

  • Productivity loss
  • Motivation decrease
  • Employee Disengagement
  • Employee Churn and Attrition
  • Bottom-line Income Statement Loss

New research seems to come out every few months with numbers that support these conclusions. Many reports state that the level of Employee Engagement is in the low 30% range (as it has been for many years in the Gallup "State of the American Workplace" report), and others claim that the number of employees actively seeking other positions is way over 50%. So, consider that the majority of your team could be unhappy and doesn't want to be there (even if they appear to be, they may be acting... and the Oscar for "Best Employee Pretending to be Happy" goes to...). Yikes!

Build a Harmonic Team

The key to negating these issues is to build a better team... to build a Harmonic Team. A Harmonic Team is one that’s filled with:

  • Happiness
  • Engagement
  • Productivity
  • Dedication
  • Motivation
  • Teamwork
  • Trust

Harmonic Learning is dedicated to creating more harmony in the workplace.

A Harmonic Workplace is one where all team-members feel equally valued and involved, equally motivated to do their best, and equally cared for by their manager and fellow-team-members. Imagine going to work in that kind of environment everyday… we all deserve to.

"Teaming" as a Verb

This can be accomplished with improved communication, leadership and teaming. We use the word "Teaming" as a verb (it's not in the dictionary... yet... but just wait), because it takes dedicated action by all of the team-members to create and sustain a strong team.

Learn how to begin creating a harmonic workplace by signing up for our instructional courses. And if you’re a team-leader, contact us about the Harmonic Teaming Program, where your team will take assessments and receive an instructional program designed specifically for increasing your Harmonic Teaming Index Level.

The Harmonic Teaming Index Level is your gauge of where your team is currently at, and provides the path on how to increase your level of harmony.

Chord = Accord

Just as a guitar being strummed in a way that all the strings resonate to create a pleasing chord, a team can resonate in a way where all the members are in accord. This is the key to creating a Harmonic Workplace.