An extraordinary team is an ordinary team with an extraordinary commitment. The extra refers to their commitment, not the players.
Relatively speaking, any team can be extraordinary.
To be extraordinary, you must align yourselves, and be resolute in your collective commitment. This means a firm determination, shared by all. When push comes to shove, an extraordinary team will always find a way – even if the odds are against them.
Though things may become inconvenient, unreasonable and uncomfortable, they are experienced as small prices to pay relative to their shared success.
From The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Lencioni states “Not finance. Not strategy. Not technology. It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare… If you could get all the people in an organization rowing in the same direction, you could dominate any industry, in any market, against any competition, at any time.’”
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