“The people who are doing the work are the moving force…My job is to create a space for them, to clear out the rest of the organization and keep it at bay.”
As the saying goes “there is no ‘I’ in TEAM.” The late CEO of Apple Steve Jobs’ quote definitely emphasizes this in what it means to be a true team. Each person within the team has an important role that keeps an organization run like a well oiled machine.
Steve Jobs lets us know how he envisioned the relationships within his team, how it functioned and how he fit into the schema of that same team. I think the wording he uses to describe as those that are doing the work is remarkable. They are a moving force. Those two words, moving force, are powerful ones when describing his team and that is how we should look at any team that we are a part of. The team should always be in constant motion, always communicating with one another while continuously building their “street cred” as a team through their interactions with others outside of the team. When they demonstrate to others how in sync they are with one another this establishes a certain sense of trust with the customers they are serving. It shows them that the team has their stuff together. This positively affects how they do business with others. In addition, Jobs mentions in his quote that his job is to create space for his team. I believe in doing this so this let his team’s creativity get into a certain flow or rhythm and allowed them to continue to grow in by making sure that nothing prevented them from being that moving force and positively affecting those that they do business with. During his time as CEO of Apple Steve Jobs definitely ran Apple like that well oiled machine that I referred to earlier.
I’d like to think that when I was a part of the District team called the Northwest Regional team a few years back, we functioned exactly like how Steve Jobs described. Our area superintendent led with a servant leadership mindset and allowed our team to be that moving force. He gave us that protected time for us to meet uninterrupted to determine how we can best support our schools. We were a very fluid team and we looked out for one another while always maintaining clear communication. It really sent a message to schools that we were all in this together. Our relationship with one another was more like family and that is how I think the K-12 schools we served felt about us as well. Relationships are supposed to always feel like this in my opinion. One team. One family. And our hearts beating as one.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards developing your relationship skills?