This week, we’re talking about creating a winning team - either at work, at home, at your place of worship, or even on your company kickball team.

One of my favorite authors, Jon Gordon, says almost all of the winning teams he’s dealt with over the years - from sports teams to management teams - have two things in common: A shared vision and a greater purpose.

Let’s start with shared vision. What does that really mean? It means understanding, collectively, where your team is heading.

If the goal is to launch a product, understanding what you’re going to launch, how you’re going to launch it, and what steps you are going to take to get to that goal.

If your team doesn’t share a common vision, you’ll often find a collection of people with good intentions, but no clear path towards working as a team to get the job done.

Next, a greater purpose. This is about understanding not just when or how you’re bringing this product to market, but why. Maybe it’s to make your customers’ lives easier, safer or more efficient.

Maybe it’s to make the world a better place, and solve a major issue.

Whatever the case, make sure your team understands the ultimate goal, and works together to reach it. If the only goal is to get rich and famous, chances are that team or that product is going to fail.

But if you keep your customer and what they need in mind, rather than what you want or need, your chances of success are much greater.

As Jon Gordon says, "when you know your why and you know the way, you won't let obstacles get in the way. You will keep moving forward toward the shared vision you have, and your greater purpose will fuel you on the journey."

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