The winning ‘Team work’ mindset

We have been trying to demystify and understand mindsets, so that we can comprehend our own mindset to start with and attempt to understand the mindsets of others. This weekly column is called ‘Destination mindset’ because in today’s world, understanding mindset is critical in achieving success both in the world of business as well as in personal life. Business is all about creating fruitful, profitable and sustainable transactions through products and services which are targeted at a particular identified segment of people. Therefore in influencing them; understanding their mindset is important. Just to go back to the basics to continue our journey ahead let’s again look at what mindset actually is. The Cambridge dictionary defines mindset as “a person’s way of thinking and their opinions”. The Mariam Webster dictionary defines mindset as “a mental attitude or definition” or a ‘fixed state of mind’. My own perception of destination mindset is understanding the way people are wired based on their own experiences, upbringing, and cultural bias. Values and beliefs play a big role in mindset setting. The good thing is that although you find some people with rigid mindsets, you also have people with flexible mindsets. These people have accepted and embraced change and therefore are open to adapting their mindsets to the changing world.

Mindsets are more individual oriented

Self has always been the purpose of mankind since time immemorial. Humans are most motivated when they achieve and strive for themselves even in communities. ‘Me’, ‘I’ and ‘myself’ have been the triggers for any individual to survive and grow. This is human nature. Yet we need people to see how we have achieved and progress. We are social animals and like to belong to a country, community and family.

As talented as you may be, there is only that much you can achieve alone with all your might and effort. Your transformation to a ‘Team Work’ mindset can multiply your outcomes. You can scale up what you want to achieve if you become a team player and there is no end then to your scope of work. A typical team consists of team players with specific roles. Look at cricket or football to understand team work at its best!

Transforming into a ‘Team Work’ mindset

Most of you would be in teams already if you are professionals or entrepreneurs. The first step is to prepare yourself. Read up on teamwork, get to its genesis. The idea here is not to teach you about what team work is but instead inspire you to become a team player in every sense of the word. Because the world recognizes the fact that ‘Team work makes the dream work’.

The second step is to analyse your own mindset. Are you a lonely wolf? Do you like to work alone? What then do you need to step into the field, defend the goal post or pass the ball to your fellow team member to win the game? How do you trust your team? How can they be truly your lifeline?

The third step is looking at your own skill sets. What are you really good at, are you a leader or a follower. Are you a thinker and a strategist or are you better at execution? Then, see what you are required to do where you are employed. Does it align with your role?

If you are already a leader or an entrepreneur then analyse if there are the right people for the right job. Do you need to shuffle based on the purpose of your organisation and more importantly the direction your organisation is headed towards

The fourth and final step is to walk the talk. Transform and out-perform. It’s always good to have a ‘buddy’ at your workplace who monitors your change in action and helps you stay on course

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself,” Henry Ford


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Amitesh Banerjee
Amitesh Banerjee is a passionate result driven professional with three decades of multi-country, multi-domain experience in Communications, Marketing & Advertising. He has worked for reputed organisations in leadership positions including JWT, ITC, New Zealand Dairy Board, Seychelles Marketing Board, Perfect Relations, Genesis Burson Marsteller, Adfactors PR among others.
Amitesh’s last assignment was with the Della Group and now works as Senior Consultant Strategy & Public Relations, Hill & Knowlton Strategies India. Amitesh is a proud catalyst of positive change.

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