Get clear about your mission. Is your focus focused or are you all over the map – or somewhere in between? The focus of a team, whether a two person partnership or a multi-person C-Suite or Leadership Team (a team of cross-divisional senior leaders or managers), the elements that put a tiger in your tank are the focus and alignment of what it is the team wants to accomplish. We usually call this the team mission. Mission serves the purpose of aligning focus and coordinating your actions. Without a clear end-game, you’ll waffle and stall, restart and then stall again.
Mission shapes behavior as form follows function because it sets priorities. Some missions require a high level of collaboration and others require an extraordinary amount of individual contributions and how we’d best behave is determined by our mission. Collaboration for the sake of collaboration can be fun and interesting but if it’s not a critical success factor it can also be a total waste of time and energy. How we interact should be the most effective way that gets the job done or the mission accomplished.