Writing a book as a member of a JoyPowered™ team was fun and a challenge. We had deadlines, lots of reading, editing, and willingness to accept feedback. This was not always easy, but I believe we achieved a book that gives a roadmap to creating your own JoyPowered™ team; or at minimum, being a JoyPowered™ team member.
“Successful teams require a variety of skills, knowledge, and abilities. The best teams include individuals with unique strengths and talents, as well as diverse knowledge, experience, and expertise. JoyPowered™ teams are cooperative systems of talented members who complement each other and combine their skills and strengths to not only reach desired goals, but to stretch to a level far beyond the potential of any one single individual.”
In Chapter 2 of The JoyPowered™ Team, I examine the different roles within a team, from the leader to the people who fill out the remaining positions. I look at various types of leadership within those roles, whether it be as a peer mentor, subject matter expert, or leader by example. It’s important to lead in your own way, but be continuously learning and trying to get better. Throughout the chapter, I recount stories that demonstrate and illustrate these principles.
The most JoyPowered™ teams promote and provide opportunities for professional and personal development. As a strengths-based organization, we naturally look at individual strengths and how they complement the goals of the organization and how they can best be deployed within the team.
Sometimes there are temporary roles that are filled on a team, like consultants or contractors. How do we best use their expertise and take advantage of their perspective of our team?
As the Manager of Purple Ink’s Career Transition Services, I am passionate about helping people find the right role that energizes them and lets them use their strengths daily. I explore various ways that you can assess which roles are a good fit for you or maybe not a good fit. If you aren’t sure if you are in the right role now or may be in the job market shortly, this may be a good resource for you as you discern next steps.
Last but not least, be sure to use the action items at the end to assess what types of roles you should run to and which ones you should run from! We hope you join us on our journey to bring JoyPower to your workplace and help us spread it to others.