Your Team is Looking for a Good Fight

Organizations will either come together in a fight for a common goal, or turn inward and fight each other.

Look at any club, family, church, department, nation, or business you are a part of. When does the most infighting take place? Is it during a fight for its life? When pushing towards a common mission?

Nope.

Big, slow moving companies like Microsoft know what I’m talking about. So does the PTA at an already successful school. They’ve lost purpose. They lose focus.

When there is nothing big to fight, they find stupid little things to focus on and whine about. In the end up, they fight each other.

Whether they admit it or not, most people are warriors.

They’re looking for a good fight. They need a mission.

Leaders with a vision can keep people focused on a common goal. They rally their troops and get them fighting together, not against each other.

We need to embrace our team of warriors and give them something to fight for.

All warriors need a mission.



Lead a mission tonight,

Aaron@Biebert

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14 comments on “Your Team is Looking for a Good Fight”

  1. The fight for freedom, dignity, and hope invites us to pitch in at every step. Around every corner. And, often enough, right in front of our face. A great leader recognizes those opportunities and illuminates them for others to see them too.

    1. Great point!

      It’s surprising how many important things we could be focusing on instead of infighting. The key is leadership illuminating those opportunities for all to see.

      Thanks Stan!

  2. I see this problem a lot when I work with the youth. They need to feel needed and useful. When people see them as punks who are looking for trouble they lose a valuable resource to help spread good around neighborhoods and communities. They may look like they’re up to no good. But they’re typically bored and tired of people not believing in them.
    Give them a meaningful task and they always rise to the occasion! I’ve seen it so often. They say, “You just had to ask!”

    1. True, expectations play a big role in this too. We all want to feel needed. We all want to have a purpose. It’s in our nature.

      Glad to hear that you’re working with youth. It’s an important thing and I’ve always enjoyed it myself here in Milwaukee. I can see the future in their eyes. Sometimes that’s a good thing, sometimes very scary.

      The key is giving them something special to work towards.

      It changes lives.

  3. In every situation I’ve come across, the problems with performance come at the heels of a vague goal – once their mission is clearly defined, others are motivated to achieve it. The reason missions are not clearly defined? Laziness on the part of leadership – it takes time and effort to put one’s thought into clear perspective and produce a clear vision for others to follow.

    1. Yep, vague goals would only make the problem worse. It’s more to whine about.

      As for why?

      I think some leaders are afraid to lead, others don’t really want to. After you take away the lazy leaders, there’s not many folks left. :-)

      Thanks for adding to the discussion LaRae!

  4. Aaron have you ever felt that way?

    I see it happening, I witness if occurring, but it amazes me why.

    So many things I want to learn and do that I focus on that instead of others and picking fights.

    Guess it paid off being an only child as I was never bored, instead I was creating.

    1. Hi Michele, this is why I started my career in entrepreneurship back in the day. It’s frustrating working with leaders that don’t have a plan and I did see myself start to change.

      Luckily, I don’t personally have that problem anymore. However, I do see it in other organizations that I’m casually involved with or partnered with.

      I’m glad to hear you haven’t really been involved with infighting. It’s not pleasant. You’re very lucky.

  5. I have seen this happen personally, but as a leader, how do you get people behind one goal or mission, when they all have different agendas? I realize we need to find a common goal, right? Our organization will fail if we don’t come together. And I guess that would be the common goal, unite or dissolve.

    1. Brenda, that’s the million dollar question! :-)

      I think most people are interested in working as a team towards a common goal and they expect their leaders to be inspired, strong, and focused on one general goal or threat. It seems that alternate agendas seem to thrive in a vacuum, when a compelling team agenda hasn’t been laid out.

      As a fan of servant leadership, I think it’s a good idea to get input at the onset to help get buy-in. However, ultimately people usually join a team because they believe in the direction it’s going.

      If something has changed, then they will need to decide if they can live with the new mission or if it’s time to move on.

      Every mission won’t be for everyone.

      Hope all works out with your mission. I’ll be pulling for you.

      Brenda, thanks for joining in the discussion and sharing.

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