“I thought I was very clear,” Marianne grimaced. “It was important for the team to understand and take ownership. This is a very important team goal.”
“Describe what you see?” I asked.
“Their words are supportive, but their actions are passive. There is no skip in their step, no sense of urgency, no critical eye for detail. It’s as if they are just going through the daily motions.”
“You described the project, what you are trying to accomplish. Whose goal is it?” I wanted to know.
“Well, it’s a team goal,” Marianne explained, sounding like I should have figured that out on my own. “I need the team to work together, support each other, cooperate. That’s why it’s a team goal.”
“Have you ever heard that if it’s everyone’s accountability, it’s no one’s accountability?”
That was a stumper to Marianne. A slow burn in her brain. “So, I have to single one of them out?”
“If it’s not the team’s goal, whose goal is it?” I repeated.
Marianne did not like the realization. “If it’s not the team’s goal, it must be my goal,” she flatly stated.
“And, if that’s the case, what changes?”