Core belief: We’re in it together

“We’re in it together” is a belief in belonging and shared purpose.

Responsibility-focus reflects the belief that “we’re in it together”.

  • Authority-focus: “Not my job, not my problem.”
  • Responsibility-focus: “What is the right thing to do? How can I help?”
Authority-focus: “Not my job, not my problem.” Responsibility-focus: “What is the right thing to do? How can I help?”
Authority-focus vs Responsibility-focus

When we all believe “we’re in it together”, the work generally works better.

“We’re in it together” comes from mutual purpose and mutual respect.

Individualism and single-teamism undermines “we’re in it together”.

  • Emphasise individual over shared goals, accomplishments, rewards, and recognition;
  • Emphasise individual teams or areas over the overall organisation — better yet, encourage cross-team/area competition;
  • Make it difficult to share information, interact, and move across boundaries.

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