Thriving as a Team

Thriving as a Team

In this article, we use the word “team” but note that this is also applicable to our personal relationships with our families, partner and friends.

Please interchange the term “team” with “family” or “friends” as necessary.

Working as one team is not a new idea. It’s the centre for community building. The idea of creating “community” at work is not a “wishy-washy, soft-touch” superficial concept. It’s vital for sustainable organisational success. As it takes a “village to raise a child”, it takes a “village to succeed through change”.

Anthropologists and sociologists tell us that communities that don’t work together cannot innovate and would greatly suffer through change and even cease to exist.

A common strategy of colonisers-invaders was to weaken community trust, foster gossip, to create wedges to disrupt communications in the “village”.

Villages have successfully faced and thrived through change by practising:

•A deepening sense of unity and pride.

•Chatting with one another. Through “Bon-fire” conversations, sharing a cuppa, a drink, (a pipe!) or eating together.

•Valuing each other.

Through these practices, each person was made to feel valued and important.

The “me” included the “we”.

•Thinking outside the box

(well, they were forced to do it by circumstances)

To do this, they used play, dance and laughter.

They were challenged to innovate, do things differently and put aside what was not necessary.

This is the language of nature, and this is not something new.

This way of thinking is what teams experience in places like Google, Facebook and other disruptive technologies like Uber.

“Being together” generates key endorphins including, dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin that expands:

•A “We can do it” spirit. Nothing is too difficult.

It builds a sense of empowerment, resilience, creativity, friendship.

This is when real Breakthroughs happen.

This is not a superficial “Kumbaya”, but a spontaneous sense of togetherness so we can:

•be protagonistsactors and help each other to

•deflect the temptation to be a victim or just spectators.

A dozen points towards building a “One” Team

Have you considered:

1.When going to your desk to say “Hi” to people on the way?

2.Getting off your seat more often and visiting your “neighbour”?

3.Diminishing email communication and “talking” face to face or by phone-video call?

4.Inviting someone to share a “cuppa” or lunch with you? (You can do this if you work from home too. Set up regular lunch/coffee breaks with a colleague who is also home).

Everyone has a cuppa or two during the day as well as lunch. Why not invite someone to share it?

By inviting others, you’re provoking them to get off their seats.

5.Proposing the practice of “brown-bag lunches”, gatherings, drinks after work, doing things together?

6.Spending time with your Buddy? Find one if you don’t have one yet!

Also, avoid whinging and never, ever, ever criticise a colleague, boss or organisation.

7.Sharing your and others successes by celebrating little things?

8.Saying “Happy Birthday”, “congratulations on your great news”, and “sorry to hear about that” authentically?

9.Sharing your hopes and fears? (We all have them).

10.Asking about what you don’t understand or don’t know?

11.Challenging, constructively without judgement, about things you have a different point of view on.

Don’t forget to offer alternative ideas, refrain from being judgemental.

12.Sharing more about your hobbies, family, movies you like.

When to start? 

Just invite somebody for a chat or call somebody and share what you think about this! You don’t need to like it or agree.

Share whatever you think, don’t keep it inside,

Just Share It!

It’s not so painful as one might think. We promise!