Do Big ThingsThe Simple Steps Teams Can Take to Mobilize Hearts and Minds, and Make an Epic Impact
An inspiring, practical and progress-oriented blueprint for energetic achievement. Amid constant swirl, uncertainty, and complexity is your team capable of doing big things? Too often people are pulled together, labeled a “team,” given a directive, and expected to deliver results quickly. Soon, however, due to lack of focus, increasing pressures and competing priorities the team suffers from DSD: distracted, hopelessly stressed and disconnected from one another. Predictably, the team flatlines and the energy needed to succeed is lost. Based upon research of what successful teams do to overcome severe odds, Do Big Things presents an intuitive, seven-step process that equips teams with how to quickly and consistently operate in a manner necessary for success. Team members develop the self-awareness and ability to: Bring their best to every situation Bring out the best in others in every interaction Partner across the business to deliver common objectives Filled with practical tools and engaging stories of teams today, Do Big Things equips leaders with “the how” to quickly identify and activate the behaviors needed to achieve more than you or your team ever thought possible. Idea and information exchanges interlock the hand, head and heart of each team member to get everyone moving toward a common goal. Increasingly, individually and collectively, the team becomes emotionally stronger and more productive as they do their work. Do Big Things provides your team with the common language necessary to be authentic, empathetic and transparent, so that potential barriers to success come to light – faster. This empowers the team to be more accountable with an enterprise mindset, because they can have the profound discussions needed to adapt quicker to unforeseen challenges and demonstrate an innovative reflex. By applying the concepts in this book, the team’s daily interactions are transformed, focus is sustained, and energetic progress toward your goals is triggered. Every member of your team wants to succeed. Do Big Things provides a straightforward method to bring greater meaning to the work everyone does so the team delivers extraordinary performance together. You know what your team can achieve—now use the proven method to enable them to do it.
Introduction Chapter 1 Teams That Do Big ThingsTeams that achieve significant outcomes distinguish themselves by taking seven essential steps. The Do Big Things Framework outlines the steps research shows teams must take to do anything extraordinary (without team members killing themselves in the process). Chapter 2 Teams That FlatlineThe needs of every business have changed, yet most teams in companies go about teaming the same way they did years ago. Organizations fail to realize their potential when teamwork is transactional and diminish people. The end of teamwork (as we know it) is at hand. Chapter 3 Commit To The Human ImperativeThe first step in the Do Big Things Framework is to identify and align team as team members to the human behaviors essential for delivering the business imperative. Often born from a sense of caring for one another, this is the transformative thinking in how team members perceive each other that sets the stage for values to be put into action. Chapter 4 Embody Success (and Leverage Failure)Next, ensure the team personifies the spirit and experience of the success they seek while they pursue their lofty objectives. When excellence is who we are (rather than what we will be someday) then even the hardship we encounter in our journey make us better and stronger as a team. Chapter 5 Choose to Contribute, Activate and Connect Across the BusinessTeams that do big things have team members who are equipped to make three specific decisions: The Contributor Decision: I choose to bring my best to this situation. The Activator Decision: I choose to bring out the best in other in every interaction. The Connector Decision: We choose to partner across the business to deliver our common objective. Chapter 6 Exercise Your Barrier-Breaking AuthorityDetermine what stands between the team and success – both real and perceived. Then enable the team to control what they can control, and move issues forward faster by acting upon their inherent authority to choose their response. Chapter 7 Focus on What MattersUse the 3 Mind Factors to concentrate on and deliver what causes big things to be achieved: the relationships and teamwork necessary to succeed. Chapter 8 Energize Around A Shared RealityUse the Energy Map to make sure the team can tell the truth and function with authenticity. Effectively guide the focus and the common language essential to elevate how team members interact with one another. This step facilitates the needed skills of adaptability and accountability required to do big things. Chapter 9 Mobilize Hearts and Minds ForwardEmpower the team to create and own their role in delivering a stronger future. Use Questions That Trigger Hearts and Minds so everyone internalizes and delivers the team’s business imperative. Chapter 10 Is Your Team Ready To Do Big Things?Will the team overcome hidden forces in the culture that sabotage best efforts and destroy teams? Where does your team currently stand in its strength and ability to do big things? Answer these questions by using the simple Team Heart Quotient to assess how ready your team is to doing big things. What Big Things Will Your Team Do? Notes Acknowledgements About the
CRAIG W. ROSS is CEO at Verus Global. He is coauthor of ONE Team, Degrees of Strength, and Stomp the Elephant in the Office. ANGELA V. PACCIONE is senior director of client partnerships at Verus Global. She is coauthor of ONE Team. VICTORIA L. ROBERTS is president at Verus Global, responsible for the execution and scaling of growth strategy.
Your team has a big job to do—against swirling priorities, rapid change, seemingly impossible deadlines, and (for most) a culture where the value of people is questioned. Most teams are formed by groups of people forced to work together who use outdated or even destructive ways of working with others. With scarce resources, it means most teams are destined to flatline and fail. Even though everyone knows what traits successful teams share—such as trust, collaboration, vision, accountability, empowerment, and communication—the distressing truth is few people know how to quickly put those traits into practice. How will you activate the talent your team possesses so you can deliver on expectations? To prove your value to the organization demands you have a proven solution. Based on twenty-five years of empirical data across as many industries from companies of all sizes, Do Big Things decodes a once mystifying formula—a pattern of thinking and behaving teams have utilized in all arenas to overcome extraordinary challenges, deliver big outcomes, and with team members who have their whole heart in it. With this book, your team can replicate the powerful and sustainable framework that enables team members to inherently practice the traits you know are essential to deliver transformative outcomes. The seven steps in the Do Big Things (DBT) Framework put a tangible road map at your fingertips, so your team can use every interaction to model the thinking and actions needed to succeed in today's pressurized workplace. In clear, logical discussions, the authors explain each part of the framework with experienced insight and illuminating examples from the real world so you can seamlessly implement it with your team. Once team members are equipped with the DBT Framework, team members will better: Model the self-awareness, emotional courage, and integrity necessary to bring their best to every interaction Demonstrate the empathy and trans- parency necessary to activate and bring out the best in others Function with an enterprise mindset, so, as one team, you can connect across the business with other teams to deliver shared objectives If your instincts tell you that you can develop your team's heart, talent, and potential to do extraordinary things, trust them. With Do Big Things, you can make an epic impact.
PRAISE FOR DO BIG THINGS "I love this book. I love it because it's refreshingly original and unique. I love it because it's delightfully well-written. I love it because it's full of captivating tales that bring to life the struggles and triumphs of high-performing teams. I love it because the practices and principles are based on years of up-close-and-personal experiences and empirical evidence. "And I love Do Big Things most of all because Craig Ross, Angie Paccione, and Victoria Roberts remind us that successful teams are not about star players or outsized talents, but about relationships where people exhibit caring, humanity, and heart. They show us how it's the human imperative that builds and sustains excellence. If you want your team to do big things, it's imperative that you read and apply Do Big Things." —Jim Kouzes, coauthor of The Leadership Challenge and the Dean's Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University "We all know that teamwork is important work…but it's also hard work! Craig, Angie, & Victoria have somehow cracked the code with the Do Big Things framework. Not only do they challenge us to rethink our beliefs about what makes a successful team, but they have also given us a powerful set of easy to use practices that any organisation can use, if they are courageous enough." —Andrew Collier, Head of Leadership Development, Nestlé "This book captures the magic of extraordinary teams and gives you a roadmap to navigate and accomplish your toughest challenges. I've seen the tools equip good teams to become great teams—by shifting how teams move from an individual focus to a collective force to achieve amazing results." —Lisa Bacus, EVP, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Cigna "Do Big Things is a guide for any team. Grounded in research focused on the human element, Do Big Things combines a trusted process with proven tools to serve as a catalyst that inspires teams to reach amazing heights." —Mike Bloomfield, Former NASA Astronaut, Shuttle Commander "Do Big Things is a clarion call to think big and accomplish feats that matter. This book can serve as your guide to changing your attitudes and actions to bring you farther down the road to success." —Daniel Pink, author of Drive and To Sell Is Human
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