3. FOCUS ON SMALL TEAMS FOR GREATEST IMPACT.
In the military, the most effective teams are small fighting forces that can move quickly, independently of major resources. When you think of how the military operates, you probably picture a behemoth like the 256-person Macedonian phalanx.
Modern military units, though, break down to 8-10-person elements or squads—and even teams within those squads. Why? Small teams allow for greater agility, a larger field of coverage, and results that outpace the collective size of the group.
As a leader, I’ve tried to embody that in my teams. I’ve noticed that when we start to get a little bit heavy, with too many cooks in the kitchen, projects stall. Everyone has good thoughts, everyone has good ideas…but they’re not able to exercise those ideas because there are conflicting or competing interests.
If you notice that happening, break those teams down. (There’s a reason I champion the power of 3—not the power of 30!) Let those smaller units advance on their own, with the strategic intent of meeting at the finish line together with success.