In this next post in this mini-series, I want to discuss the importance of having a balanced team that is flexible, allowing it to adapt to any situation. In basketball it is important to have a balanced team, one that each player on the court provides skills that complement each other. This allows the team to cover individual weaknesses because of the collaborative effort. Additionally, this allows a team to adapt to the opponent and adjust their game-plan based on the advantages they have on the unique opponent.

This is similar to healthcare because every unit, department, and specialty provide a different function for the healthcare network. When one unit does not cooperate with another unit, there is a lack of consistency, leaving the possibility for gaps or errors in the patient care. If these units are in cohesion, there will be a collaborative effort to ensure the gaps are covered, guarding the organization from preventable errors.

Adaptability is important for healthcare as the industry continues to evolve, each department must evolve as well. However, although each unit must develop individually, the growth must be aligned with the overall vision of the company. This is similar to a team member improving his shooting ability and incorporating the improved shooting into the teams game-plan, while not sacrificing other aspects such as defense.

Overall, the ability to remain balanced provides basketball teams and healthcare organizations the opportunity to have flexible plans and adjust to the given circumstances. Because not all outcomes can be predicted, the flexibility creates a stronger unit that can survive and prosper under any conditions. The pressure they face can be overcome because of the unity and balance across the organization.

I challenge you to evaluate the talent in your department, organization, or unit. Do you believe you have a balanced team that can cooperate under an unplanned emergent situation? Take additional steps to ensure the team is prepared for any situation.