I had an opportunity to chat with an internal leadership team for a major brand recently. Intrepreneurism is a strategic way of building teams and initiatives across departments, even within a heavily siloed corporate structure or hierarchy. That’s a lot of buzzwords for a weekend.
By sharing with them my experiences in building WWDF, I was able to help draw analogies between risk taking, building consensus and collaboration, even if you’re not launching your own business. It may be even more difficult to be a risk taker or ripple maker in a corporate environment, as one of the foundational strengths of a corporation is people and departments working within a singular vision.
Loose cannons and rabble rousers can upset the status quo and detract from forward motion in some instances.
That said, the parable of Stone Soup is applicable when building teams, regardless of whether or not you’re a bootstrapped start up or a megolithic behemoth. If you’re not familiar, the story of stone soup is based on the experiences of a hungry stranger, who, upon being told that there was nothing for him to eat in town, helped the villagers cook a pot of delicious stew (in spite of themselves and using ingredients provided by the aforesaid villagers).
Common elements to when building teams:
ÂÂ Define a common task or goal
ÂÂ Communicate the benefits of a successful outcome to all parties
ÂÂ Help individuals identify their gifts or contributions
Â Give them the opportunity to make a difference
Â Share the credit and the glory
One of the questions after my presentation had to do with “dealing with difficult people.” It may seem Pollyanna of me, but my answer was to come to the table assuming that everyone wanted to be there. When operating from a perspective of contribution from the outset, you have the opportunity to set the tone for the entire initiative.
Cooking with rocks can be done. It’s all in your recipe. Have you ever experienced resourcefulness or a successful team-building venture? How did you do it?
Molly Cantrell-Kraig is a woman with drive. Possessing an innate sense of purpose and a pragmatic, solution-based approach to empowering people, she fused these two traits in order to establish Women With Drive Foundation. Based upon its founder’s personal history, Women With Drive Foundation is a means through which Cantrell-Kraig may effect change on both a micro and macro level. By providing women with something as essential as personal transportation in order to transition them from poverty to prosperity, she, through Women With Drive Foundation, seeks to empower women to help them help themselves. Through this action, the individual applicant benefits, as does society as a whole. Follow Molly on twitter as @mckra1g orÂ @WWDr1ve (Women With Drive).