The Importance of a Balanced Team

 

Jeff Seton’s  recent Blog on the personality secrets of the American Idol judges was, once
again, a good reminder of the importance of a balanced team. He points out that
the addition of Kara DioGuardi rounded out the team to include someone who can
focus on “operational” or technical aspects of the singer and the competition.
He includes some Myers-Briggs information to assist the reader in seeing the
new and, more balanced, approach.

 Balance

Teams need balance. Your team and mine need people who
represent different ideas, experience, temperaments and strengths.

Why?

Some reasons:

Balance brings
diversity.
Having people with differing strengths, backgrounds and ideas
brings a natural diversity.

Diversity brings
multiple opinions
that enrich discussion if the leader is open and patient.

Multiple opinions and
discussion lead to quality decisions
. Too often leaders want quick
decisions or don’t have the patience to allow good discussions that lead to quality decisions. Quality
decisions come out of patience and a desire to hear all sides of the issue. Too
often the size of the agenda or the meeting’s timeframe dictates the outcome
rather than the strength of balanced discussion and quality decisions.

As you assemble your team or prepare meetings remember the importance
of balance. Seek to hear from everyone’s perspective and drive hard for quality
decisions over rapidly ticking off the agenda items.

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3 Responses to “The Importance of a Balanced Team”

  1. Jenni Catron says:

    Great thoughts! Thanks Wayne!

  2. Curt Harding says:

    Excellent Wayne and there are parallels in the NCAA Tournament right now as well. The more balanced teams find more success. Thanks for posting.

  3. He points out that the addition of Kara DioGuardi rounded out the team to include someone who can focus on “operational” or technical aspects of the singer and the competition

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