The Four Letter Word That Equals Success

The Four Letter Word That Equals Success

Four letter words have gotten a bad reputation.  I’m sure you can think of a handful of them right now.  There’s one four letter word, however, that equals communication, camaraderie, and results.  It has the capability to be extremely powerful, yet it often struggles to reach its full potential.  It often causes friction, friendship, and frustration, all at the same time.  What is this powerful four letter word?  TEAM.

You’ve probably seen or heard the acronym for T.E.A.M. (Together Everyone Achieves More).  Why then is it so hard to create effective, high performance teams?  Because teams are made up of individuals, and individuals are imperfect.

I’m often asked how to improve teamwork, resolve conflicts, and improve communication among team members.  There is a pretty straightforward formula that is simple in theory, yet extremely difficult in practice:

ACCOUNTABILITY + COMMUNICATION + PERSONAL LEADERSHIP = SUCCESS

The moment we start owning our actions and behavior, communicate effectively, and demonstrate personal leadership, we can accomplish anything, individually or as a team.  Let’s take a look at each piece of the equation.

Accountability

While this has become a business buzz word, it simply means taking ownership, knowing that you can’t control anyone else’s behavior but your own.  Playing the victim does nothing but frustrate yourself and others.  If you focus on what you can control, YOU, it is much more productive.

Communication

We all communicate in our own unique style.  Most people don’t try to intentionally miscommunicate, yet poor communication is the number one culprit of dysfunctional teams.  Listen to understand, ask questions, adapt to others’ communication style, and most importantly, assume people have the best intentions.

Personal Leadership

Act with character and integrity, regardless of what other people do, and you’ll be a lot happier and more productive.  Most of us know when we’re doing or saying something that is less than praise worthy.  Would your mother be proud of your behavior?  If not, it’s time to re-evaluate.

Teamwork is not just a skill.  It is making conscious choices of our behavior and our attitude.  It requires patient, persistence, and practice.  Not all four letter words are bad.  Some can equal phenomenal success!

What emotion best describes what you have been feeling lately?

I ask this question in every session I facilitate. Typical answers include: Exhausted, overwhelmed, anxious, irritable, frustrated, and the most common, burnt out.

If you are struggling with burnout, try this:

1️⃣ Make a list of all of the things causing you stress (include personal and professional stressors). Divide the list into two columns: Things I can control/Things I cannot control. From the list of things you can control, identify one action you can take to move the ball forward.

2️⃣ Have honest conversations. One-third of all people globally have struggled with anxiety and/or depression since the beginning of the pandemic. People are undoubtedly not fine and feeling like we should be makes things even worse. Guess what? It’s okay not to be fine. Talk with friends and family about how you are really doing. It makes it safe for them to do the same.

3️⃣ Renew your sense of purpose. Respondents in a recent @harvard_business_review survey said that feeling a sense of purpose helped defend against burnout at work. In fact, burnout scores declined as purpose scores increased. It is much harder to feel defeated when you have a deep sense of meaning for what you are working toward.

Take time this week to create clear boundaries, make time for self-care, and recharge your mental and emotional battery. #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #burnout #stress #emotions #resilience
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Far too many of us are struggling with very real concerns: our health (physical and mental), the health of our loved ones, our finances, the economy, our kids’ education—there’s no shortage of stress and worry to occupy our every waking moment.

It is in times like this that the strategies I teach for a living are needed more than ever. They are a lifeline.

May is #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth and I want to give you three simple ways you can improve your mental health, build resilience, and protect your peace. More in the link 👇.
https://www.annegradygroup.com/protect-your-peace/
#resilience #mentalhealthawareness #mentalwellbeing #resources #nami #youarenotalone #mindovermoment
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#ThrowbackThursday to when I got to speak with @malcolmgladwell!!

Thank you to @conferencesforwomen for the opportunity to attend your #WorkplaceSummit today and listen to him address the dramatic changes in the world of work. He said, "As a leader, what may have worked before may not be what works now or in the future. We must adjust our leadership style to the moment we are living in." #futureofwork #mindfulleadership #growthmindset #adapt #grow #malcolmgladwell
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When was the last time the sh*t hit your fan?

It's natural when faced with an overwhelming situation to feel defeated, but people who practice resilience learn to see the situation a bit differently. They look at the problem and say:

What is this teaching me?
What can I learn from this?

It might not feel like it at the time, but when you make it through a difficult event, you learn something – it’s called post-traumatic growth. Growth and comfort don’t exist in the same place. Choose growth anyway. #resilience #growth #posttraumaticgrowth #failure #mindset #personaldevelopment #tedx #tedxspeaker
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ANNE GRADY IS A SPEAKER, AUTHOR, AND #TRUTHBOMB DROPPER!

Anne Grady is a Speaker, Author, and #TruthBomb Dropper.

Anne shares practical strategies that can be applied both personally and professionally to improve relationships, navigate change, and triumph over adversity. And she’ll make you laugh while she does it. Anne is a two time TEDx speaker, and her work has been featured in numerous media outlets, including Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Fast Company and Inc. magazines, CNN, ESPN, and FOX Business. She is the best selling author of 52 Strategies for Life, Love & Work and Strong Enough: Choosing Courage, Resilience and Triumph.

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8 Comments

  1. As always, your posts pick me and get me started for the week. And this week’s ending graphic, with the determined and successful baby, is perfect.

  2. You always bring a smile to my face on Monday mornings and , wow, it’s Tuesday morning – even better! I enjoyed your talk at the EWTG last week, as did my guests. Keep up the good work. You are truly an inspiration!

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