You do not have much trust in Reason … yet.
However, the more you turn to that part of your mind for guidance in dealing with difficult team situations, you will be increasingly convinced it is the only sane choice you can make.
As a team building facilitator, the rewards I have seen over three decades from people just like you have convinced me of Reason’s guidance. Every week, I see evidence for trusting Reason. Here’s an experience that proves this.
I left my home in the United States for a return work assignment with a leadership team in Angola, Africa. Zeca, an Angolan, with whom I’ve had the privilege of working for since 2007, leads this culturally diverse IT leadership team / department of approximately 300 IT professionals.
The business unit Zeca works in has a mandate to train and promote nationals to take over senior IT leadership roles from expatriates. In 2007, Zeca became the first Angolan to hold this very important leadership position. From the very first workshop he and I designed and facilitated to this last one; I have seen firsthand how Zeca’s right-minded leadership has transformed his team.
Results: Using right-minded principles and other teamwork practices, his department has achieved demonstrable results.
- One very practical example is a reduction of help-desk service tickets from 400 per month to just 3 per month!
- Zeca’s leadership has also reduced workload pressures. Sixteen months ago, Zeca’s leadership team learned via a department wide survey that workload pressures were extremely high. Issues like changing priorities, stress and fatigue were taking a toll on employee’s productivity and morale. Today, through a follow up survey, the workload pressures were reduced by 60% to normal levels.
Zeca’s consistent leadership through role modeling Reason’s Seven Lessons and Right-Minded Attitudes & Behaviors has illuminated the teamwork path for the hundreds of people who work in his unit. His team, even though they strive to be more efficient and effective, has created a sustainable Right-Minded culture.
There were a lot of reward examples that I witnessed in this last trip, but I will share the one that really sticks out to me:
In the spirit of training and promoting Angolans to take over key roles, I recommend to Zeca that it was time for me to transfer my facilitation responsibilities too. He agreed, even though the transition will be bittersweet. I suggested four first-line supervisors from his department to take on this duty. He chose two.
Now, I have the honor of working with these two men over the next few months. When I return to Angola, the three of us will co-facilitate the workshop. At the workshop’s end, I will officially turn over my role. It’s a reward for them and me, knowing full well that the work Zeca and I started in 2007 will continue on.
I trust Reason. I trust Reason because I’ve seen the Right-Minded Teamwork process produce rewards for teams like Zeca’s and their customers. I trust Reason because people like Zeca continue to offer their gratitude to teammates, which perpetuates teamwork rewards. I trust Reason because I know the two new facilitators will continue leading their team in the Right-Minded Teamwork journey.
Every person in the world can experience Reason’s rewards, but only by trusting Reason.
I’m asking you to accept this very simple mission.
Live and work with your fellow teammates to demonstrate you are not an Ego. Instead, demonstrate that you trust Reason. It will show your dedication and how important the team is to you.
To Your Success, Dan