Forums Focus: A weekly blog to enlighten, encourage and equip Christian business leaders to lead in business using Biblical Business Principles.

Biblical Business Principles – Last week we looked at Planning. Do you invest time to plan or do you react?

This week we will examine Team. What are the components of a workplace team?

A team can be defined as two or more people interacting together on a common cause. I observed an effective team this past weekend. I had volunteered to help out with the Baltimore Grand Prix, and ended up on the Volunteer Management Team.

Our team definition begins with two or more people. When I’m alone, I’m not a team, but when I add another person teamwork becomes necessary. Unless you are a sole practitioner, teamwork is an issue. If you’re married, how’s your home team doing?

Interacting together – as soon as we add people, teamwork requires interaction. Effective teams require smooth interactions, good interpersonal relationships. How is your team doing at interacting together?

A common cause – having a strong common cause enables team members to overlook less than good interactions and interpersonal relationships. Does your team have a strong common cause?

We had over 500 volunteers for the Grand Prix assigned to a variety of jobs. I observed a strong bond among the volunteers. There was a willingness to overlook personality differences, lack of job knowledge, and even substandard performance. Why? The volunteers had a common purpose – a love of auto racing!

Do you have a common cause in your business that aids your people in transcending individual desires? That empowers overlooking people problems because the cause is bigger than their differences?

Even Jesus had problems with His team until they grasped His cause and it became their cause. James and John came to Jesus bucking for position – “In your glorious Kingdom, we want to sit in places of honor next to you,” they said, “one at your right and the other at your left.” But Jesus answered, “You don’t know what you are asking! Are you able to drink from the bitter cup of sorrow I am about to drink? Are you able to be baptized with the baptism of suffering I must be baptized with?” “Oh yes,” they said, “we are able!” And Jesus said, “You will indeed drink from my cup and be baptized with my baptism, but I have no right to say who will sit on the thrones next to mine. God has prepared those places for the ones he has chosen.” When the ten other disciples discovered what James and John had asked, they were indignant. So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that in this world kings are tyrants, and officials lord it over the people beneath them. But among you it should be quite different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be the slave of all. For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:37-45 NLT

Have you identified and do you communicate a strong common cause for your business? Is your cause big enough to empower people? Is your cause something God can bless?

Bit of Wisdom
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 NKJ

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