My boss back at Bell Atlantic, who became my friend and mentor, Pat Trongo, had the following quote from Peter Senge’s “The Fifth Discipline” on his cube wall in big bold letters.
I found it inspirational back then. But now I am blessed to see evidence of this pattern in life daily – Great teams committed to a purpose accomplish great things.
The committed person brings an energy, passion,
and excitement that cannot be generated if you
are only compliant, even genuinely compliant.
The committed person doesn’t play by the rules
of the game. He is responsible for the game.
If the rules of the game stand in the way of
achieving the vision, he will find ways to change
A group of people truly committed to a common
vision is an awesome force.
They can accomplish the seemingly impossible.
I am as blown away by this as I am with the OccupyPhilly protest teamwork I saw today, as I am with my co-workers who are one of the greatest teams I’ve seen in my career.
Great teams are everything. They don’t just ‘happen’ and require investments in trust, empathy, accountability, honesty, and crazy foolishness to grow. And when you see them you can’t help but be in awe.