23 Nov Three Things You’ll Hear from a Highly Functional Team

A good friend and business partner of mine asked me to listen to Steve Chandler’s The Owner/Victim Choice.  My favorite quote from Steve is, “If there’s a problem, I’m the problem.”  It’s a great reminder about how we are free to choose the soundtrack of our lives.  It can simply be, Stuff happens; or.. If it’s to be – it’s up to me.

IMG_2231Paul Zimbardo defined locus of control more eloquently,  “A locus of control orientation is a belief about whether the outcomes of our actions are contingent on what we do (internal control orientation) or on events outside our personal control (external control orientation).”

In Special Forces, we had a unique way of dealing with suffering that demonstrated a high adversity quotient.  These are the things you’d hear from a resilient team when things got tough:

  1. Suck it up.
  2. I wish it would suck more.
  3. Can you believe we get paid to do this s*#t?

What do you hear from your team during challenges, crises, and uncertainty?  When you trust your team, you align them to embrace challenges, and you’re supporting an internal control orientation – a highly functional team.

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