August 11, 2016 Emily Lierle

What Teamwork Means At Y Scouts: Why 1+1=11

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Teamwork helps us connect people and companies to work that matters. We have a solid team here at Y Scouts—and here’s what teamwork means to each of us.

Brian Mohr, Co-Founder & Managing Partner

teamworkThat’s the idea around when you align people with shared values and shared goals, the 1+1=2 is exponentially greater because you’re adding more than just brainpower. You’re adding heart and soul. When people can bring their heart and soul to their work, and you can get a group of those people together, and you add them all together, it’s exponential. Because inevitably, in every business, challenges arise. If it’s just an intellectual challenge, and the only thing people are doing is tapping into their brainpower to solve, you’ll solve. But when you can bring your whole soul, your whole body to the problem because you care deeply about it, you get to such a better place.

Christie McPherson, Leadership Search Director

teamworkTeamwork is the really cliché statement that most organizations put up, or they’ll put it on a job description. They’ll say, “We work as a team, we are collaborative.” True teamwork means never having to wonder, “Am I enough?” Most of the time, we as individuals are not enough. Our jobs are bigger than how much time we have in the day. Here at Y Scouts is really the first time in my professional career where I’ve never had to wonder, “Am I going to be able to do this?” because the reality is, no. You can’t do everything on your to-do list today, you can’t get to every job, every candidate, every client today. But I have a team relentlessly asking me on a continuous basis, how can I help? What can I do for you? What can I take off your plate? Teamwork to me is never having to guess, “Can I do this?”

Marc Ruter, Leadership Search Director

teamworkI do think 1+1=11 is true. I think especially at Y Scouts, what’s worked for me the most is that I’m learning so much—I was never a recruiter before I got here. So I sometimes need the knowledge of my coworkers to solve the problems that I’m trying to work on. Sometimes you can spend a lot more time doing something on your own than if you get the collaboration of a group. The ideas that come from it are key in solving problems.

Max Hansen, Co-Founder & CEO

teamworkWhat I always love is playing for teams and coaching teams. I was always lucky enough to be chosen to be captain of the team. What it means is people believe you’re willing to put in an effort, and they just believe you’re going to get it done. Nothing gets done without a great team. I think the question has changed from parents asking kids, “Who do you want to be?” it should be, “What do you want to be a part of?” And being part of something creates a team. That’s where the power is—in sports teams, in businesses. Teamwork is super magical, but one of the hardest things to continually increase and make better. I think everybody’s kind of wired in a way that, if they’re not careful, they can give themselves too much credit for something. Anybody that’s a really successful person—if you ever ask them why they’re successful, they’ll always say, “It was because of my team.” There’s a reason for that. As soon as you think you’re self-made, you reek of cockiness. It’s a fine line, being confident and not cocky.

Adam DiBiase, Research Manager

teamworkNone of us can do this work on our own. We’re all skilled differently. I come from a faith perspective that God created us all differently and gave us all different gifts to work with, as I see it. There’s very seldom a project that’s just one person’s to own. It’s a team effort. And we get great results for our clients because we’re putting in the best of us. We’re all contributing those pieces that—even if it’s someone that’s not working much on the project, sometimes they’ll be the ones with the idea that cracks it open. We’re all picking each other up when something doesn’t work right. And celebrating each other’s successes.

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Nicole Spracale, Leadership Search Director

teamworkYou can’t do anything alone. Even if you can, what’s the fun in it? My problem is that I say that I want to do things alone, but I want to do everything else for other people. I’m a huge believer that we should do everything as a team, but I just want to be of service to others so much that sometimes my biggest fault is that it seems like I don’t want to do things as a team because I’m selfish, and that’s not what it is. I just want to be of service to others so badly that I want to do all the hard stuff for everybody else so that I can take care of them. So it’s kind of finding a balance.

Jason Gabler, Leadership Consultant

teamworkTeamwork is combining forces. It’s acknowledging that you’re not just bringing XYZ value, you’re bringing an exponential value because you’re a different person with a different perspective and approach. So when you work together as a team, not only do you bring out the best in yourself, because you can contribute what you’re good at—but it also enhances the other person. Working in tandem helps lift each other up.

Paul Eisenstein, Leadership Search Director

teamworkI’m a very strong individual contributor, and I’m very good at completing a goal. It’s similar to that tunnel vision—yes, I can get it done, but if you get other people’s thoughts, input and opinions, whole new worlds open up. So you can do something 10 times more impactful. 1+1=11 is another one I’ve really learned because we have such a high-functioning team here. Everyone has unique insights to offer.

Christie and I are an example of the 1+1=11 equation. We started a new program called Emerging Leaders. We’ve done leadership search and we were looking for ways we can really grow. Christie has a great recruiting background that she comes to the table with. I thought, Christie’s going to run with this and infuse other input, and she came up with a new idea that actually has made her process five times more efficient. I was skeptical of that and would never have done it. She’s really good at the client interactions, and I’m really good at breaking things down into black and white. Together, we make a really powerful team. We’re able to build up our process and can serve a lot more people in a better way—so it’s not just 1+1=2. It’s five times better.

Ken Butler, Leadership Search Director

teamworkMy wife and I make an incredible team. Both of us have discovered ourselves as we’ve matured and become really strong partners—in each other’s goals, and in raising our kids.  Teamwork is about helping the other person but also encouraging and supporting the other person to go and to do. So when I look here at Y Scouts as well, a good teammate doesn’t necessarily do the work for you. I think part of it is also saying, you can do this and you should do this. I’m on your side, and you’ve got to go do it. And that support goes a long way in helping people achieve greater things than they would’ve done without that support from a team member.

Rae Johnson, Accounting & Office Administration

teamworkWe’re not here alone. We’re all in this together. One of the things I like outside work in my exercise classes is the energy, and the teamwork, basically. We’re all together, working out in a class that we enjoy. And the camaraderie. I also like hiking with people. And in the work environment—it’s more fun with a team. I’m working more remotely than I ever have before. I know that it’s OK, but I also know that being with people is important. It’s not always about me; I can also contribute.

What does teamwork mean to you? Let us know!

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