SPARK POSSIBILITY | Stoke the Fire for Team Optimization

Where would you start to optimize the potential, performance and overall experience of employees and gain the greatest traction in the shortest period of time?

I was recently asked this question and wanted to share my thoughts as they relate to Stage 1 of The Leader Path.

Like any good fire, team optimization begins with a spark.

Stoke the fire, and the spark ignites quickly and powerfully:

🔥 See greatness in ALL players. We often see greatness in others before they fully recognize it in themselves.

🔥 Unite your team with a common purpose and a clearly defined goal. 

🔥 Create a palpably inclusive environment.

Let’s go back to our sports analogy…

What is the #1 thing that unifies a team like no other?

A common purpose or goal. From the moment a player walks onto the field at training camp, the vision of celebrating a championship win not only unites the team but also ignites the hunger of possibility that drives each player forward daily with persistence, perseverance and performance excellence throughout the season. Create a clearly defined goal with a timeline to unify your team and clearly communicate it – map it out – defining how each player’s valued contribution is critical to realizing that goal for the win!

A palpably inclusive environment celebrates each player’s [diversity] unique gifts, talent, perspective, life experience and contribution while understanding that we are stronger together. As a team, our individual parts complement, leverage, and build on one another, creating a result exponentially more powerful than disparate, individual parts.

While we celebrate diversity, we must also seek out opportunities that draw us together to harness our energy, maximize our efficiency and optimize our performance.

Powerful common denominators = shared core values. 

What are the shared core values of your team? Do you know?

Perhaps they include:

⏩ To leave the world a better place than we found it.

⏩ To provide a solid future for our children.

⏩ To create a shift, change or transformation that will improve lives.

Once a common goal or purpose has been clearly identified and communicated to the team and powerful common denominators set, the final step to stoke the fire:

Create an environment where curiosity is welcomed.

I wonder how good this could get?

I wonder how far we can take this?

I wonder what is optimally possible?

As children, we live in a state of curiosity, exploration and adventure. A deep sense of fulfillment is encouraged through a lens of curiosity. Innovation is attracted as flames of possibility burn brightly.

Spark possibility. Stoke the fire. Team optimization made simple:

I see you for all of who you are and who you will become.

I hear you and recognize your unique contribution.

You are deeply valued.

You belong.


PowHERhouse believes that every leader deserves the opportunity to make a world-class impact. A national women’s leadership accelerator born in 2000 out of a desire to provide a clear, direct framework for a leader’s path. Success is measured differently for everyone, but The Leader Path exists to ensure that each one of us can meet our potential and lead deeply fulfilling lives. The Leader Path provides a strategic way to move forward in the same way an athlete follows a particular path to meet his or her goals.

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About Charlene SanJenko

Charlene SanJenko, Founder + CEO of PowHERhouse Media Group, has worked intimately with thousands of women over the past 17+ years to understand what they need to fully integrate excellence and fulfillment in all areas of their lives. www.powherhouse.com