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Eroding The Focus On Collective Success


As I wrap up my journey into the Nevada Great Basin to participate in a cow-herd, in this month’s article, I share an oversight on my part that could have been dangerous. It was a lack of preparation and though it may seem like a non-incident, believe me, it could have been very serious.


Had I not been a novice, the event would have been considered an act that could have eroded the focus on the collective success of the mission. Fortunately, I was a newbie, however, I had to stop what I was doing and move out of the center and out to the edge of the herd. There are things that can happen on the range for which every cowboy must be prepared. Experience is the best teacher as is being surrounded by a team of people who only have the success of the group in mind. There’s only room for one oversight. That’s the first time.


This is a sample of Dysfunction #5 In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: Inattention to Results

The pursuit of individual goals and personal status erodes the focus on collective success.



To find out what happened on the final days out on range read this months’ final installment. I invite you also to think about how when people pursue individual goals and only focus on their own personal status, how that can erode the collective success of a company, team, civic group or family. The danger may not be immediate or life-threatening as it is out on the range, but there is always a price to be paid.