We Can Do What I Can’t #725 

by Sue Hawkes

“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.” – Helen Keller 

When you think about how likely success would be if you did it alone, you realize just how crazy that thought is. It’s impossible.  

In my world, it’s what we call “annual season.” It’s the time of year when leadership teams are busy doing deep dives into strategic planning and team health. The richest part of the two days we spend together is the team health portion.  

I actively read a passage from Patrick Lencioni’s “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” because it sums it up perfectly:  

“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.” 

When teams embrace this work fully, diving deeper into it every year, not straying for a new flavor or shiny object, they win in a way few teams realize. They stop searching outside and continue searching inside with their first team – each other. The work gets richer and deeper every year.  

And a few of them, they realize the ultimate team game with Intentional Greatness®. 

Day 19: Consider who’s been a great partner and teammate with you. What is it that made them a great teammate? Who are you a great teammate with? What makes you a great teammate? 

Write down those qualities and attributes. Reflect with appreciation what’s become possible because of it all. 

Sue HawkesWe Can Do What I Can’t #725