“The achievements of an organisation are the results of the combined effort of each individual.” Vince Lombardi
Last week during a presentation I gave to the Yorkshire Chemical Focus Conference about Mindsets.
As the conference date coincided with the 210-year anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, I used the example set by Admiral Nelson when he famously sent the signal:
“England expects that every man will do his duty”
The Admiral was the archetypal leader, demonstrating two qualities that great leaders through out history – those of leadership by example and that of knowing how to motivate those being lead. Nelson understood the necessity and value of every man in his fleet.
The following day as part of the BD75 celebrations, marking 75 years of bomb disposal, I heard an interview with two members of a British Army Bomb Disposal Unit.
One of the interviewees, Warrant Officer Karl Ley GM, in response to a question regarding the award of the George Medal (for rendering safe 139 improvised explosive devices) responded immediately be explaining that whilst it is an individual award, it was team effort, praising his twelve team members.
I was struck by the obvious sincerity humility and graciousness of his response that inculcated everything about high performing teams.
Whilst he, as part of the British Army, an organisation steeped in the traditions of hierarchy and rank, was immediately cognisant of the high regard for, value and contribution of all of his team members. Although the words were unspoken, one the messages I got was that there is an ingrained belief in their culture that nobody is bigger than the team. Everybody plays a valuable and important part in the team.
This ethic is no better demonstrated in the highly visible activities of the Red Arrows.
Renowned as one of the world’s premier aerobatic teams, the Squadron’s pilots fly between six-to-eight feet apart, a few hundred feet off the ground, and perform precision manoeuvres and close passes.
This level of trust in each other’s abilities is a vital component for the Red Arrows, who – during winter training – fly three 30-minute sorties, three times a day, five days a week, in what is among the most gruelling flying schedules in the Royal Air Force
These qualities are not the preserve of the military. During his victorious interview, after winning his third F1 World Championship, Lewis Hamilton, referring to his pit team, said, “I love you guys and everything you do for me. For all my family, I love you all.”
This was not a one off comment, as following his victory in the Canadian Grad Prix in Jun 2015, he stated:
“The team did an amazing job and I am so proud to be up here. My first Grand Prix win was here back in 2007 and to be back up here again feels really historic for me,” he said from the podium.
“I’m sure I speak for the team, too, when I want to dedicate this to my engineer Bono’s father…
“I know it has been a tough weekend for him, but he has been amazing all weekend and helped me win this today. So this is really dedicated to him.”
These qualities are built over time and ingrained in the team or organization. They cannot be introduced overnight or in one training session.
In order to inculcate a culture that allows individual, teams and organizations to consistently perform at high levels, they must understand, introduce and reinforce the qualities that contribute to the winning culture.
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