The most important and least asked question about teams today is....does your team have swing? "Swing" originates from crew, or rowing teams, when optimal synchronicity of effort occurs and everyone on the team is moving in perfect harmony, as if they are one. It is poetry in motion. Think of being in the zone during a run or a presentation or during a day when everything falls into place - now multiply that to an exponential factor. Everyone you are working is connected by and driven with an invisible force bringing you all to levels of greatness. Today's complex work configurations require teams with "swing". With employees from different work functions, cultures and backgrounds, the best leaders are the ones who can create "swing". They need to overcome the psychological, technological and physical barriers that exist in global organizations working remotely, virtually and at a time in society where there is the lowest trust in institutions and its leaders, than in modern history. Leaders can create "swing" by focusing on these 5 areas: 1. Mission Control Thinking - Winning teams do not think of their work as work. They view what they do as a mission. The difference is profound. Think of the NASA teams who put people and shuttles into space. They weren't working for the company--they were committed to the country, to science, to the mission of exploring new frontiers. If you think that's the private reserve of space travel or the search for a cancer cure, look at the teams constantly driving Amazon and Apple to turn missions into miracles. Learn how to use The Why(Y) Factor, an inspirational call to action, to set the tone and the higher calling of the mission. 2. Aspirational Ambitions - ‘Teamless’ companies--or those with mediocre people--are generally focused on performing a set of carefully proscribed functions and getting compensated for doing so. But those that raise the bar to exceptional heights are energized to move forward by aspirational goals established by leaders who develop pride of achievement and a determination to prevail over all expectations. This fusion of great leadership and superior people is a classic case of one plus one equals three. Learn how to use the Launch Control tool to create a short term qualitative goal and measures to drive success. 3. Internal Combustion - Teams of Distinction do not need to be threatened, cajoled or bribed to outperform. The espirit de corps that elevates them to their position of superiority is injected into their DNA by the leaders who inspire them. Learn the one question you need to ask to ignite internal combustion. 4. A Mind of its Own: All teams must be accountable to their managers. But Teams of Distinction do not sit around awaiting orders at every turn. Based on their mission critical thinking, they develop a virtual mind of their own, serving as a compass for what to do as they encounter unforeseen opportunities and challenges. If you have never had the privilege of seeing such a team in motion, you will be thrilled by its dynamism as you watch it in action. Learn the 4 Step Process to create a team with a Mind of its Own. 5. Greater than the Sum of Its Parts: Too often, team members don’t communicate well. They don’t offer feedback ask for what they need (or don’t need) or understand/leverage other members’ unique talents. These teams operate at a deficit--equal to or less than the sum of its parts. To be truly exceptional, a team must be greater than that sum: it must have an exponent over its name. Learn how to use the Team Feedback Loop and Blank Page Meetings to make your team greater than the sum of its parts, This speech will give leaders the motivation and tools to create a Team of Distinction with "Swing".