Strong teams build strong buildings
“A team is only as strong as its weakest link.”
While this expression may seem overused or cliché, it’s not untrue. A great team is built on a foundation of good communication- and like a foundation, it is only as strong as the weakest link. This expression stresses that the success of a whole group depends on the success of each individual member. Therefore, if one person fails, the whole group fails.
In an ideal setting, everyone works to their strengths, and while it is enjoyable to focus on and highlight strengths, you cannot progress forward until you address and overcome your weaknesses. Take construction for example: you cannot successfully build a sound and secure building without identifying weak points and working to resolve them. Weaknesses cannot be overlooked or ignored. When left unattended, our building’s foundation begins to crack and erode. And when the base isn’t strong, the building will crumble. Through teamwork, however; weakness can turn into great strengths.
When building a team, it is important to evaluate each member and their skills in order to find a balance amongst their combined talent. As a group, it is important to take what you have learned from past experiences and apply it so that you can become aware of what works and what doesn’t. At Tocci, we value the statement, “We all work for the project”. While integrating our departments to create high quality products and services, sometimes things go wrong. But by capitalizing upon our flaws and errors, we are able to identify best practices, solutions, and needs – in turn creating growth and improvement.
It is important to remember that strong teams build strong buildings, and to get there we must first address and overcome our weaknesses.