What can Ties (or Scarves) and the Rolling Stones tell us about being a better team?
Ties and Teams
Today, its Tie/Scarf Day for the Search Team at YP in Glendale. About once per quarter we try to get everyone a tie or scarf to work. This time around we managed record participation - partly due to some of the team bringing in some spares.
If nothing else, it unites us as a team around a common purpose - contributing to making this a more engaging place to spend our working hours.
7 Ways to Make your Team Super (Like the Rolling Stones)
I read an article in an in-flight magazine last year that, through the Rolling Stones, illustrated some key-team building principles, and took these notes.
I can't recall if these are the exact words or my paraphrase, but I think there are some useful ideas here - and I'm not even a Rolling Stones fan.
Forge a Common Purpose - Helps attract the right team who will then work together not as individuals.
Lead the Team - Start with a team lead who will enable the team to become a team of leaders.
Pursue a Quest for the Best - Build the best team with the right caliber and mix of individuals.
Create the Environment for Success - Think wisely about implementing the best team structure, roles, and size.
Build Cohesion - This is the magnetic force that binds teams together. The currency in a super team is TRUST. Team's that play together, stay together.
IMO this is what things like Tie-Day help do for a team.
Master Conflict - Abrasion will happen for sure. Avoid too much friction, but don't avoid it. Rather, channel its energy.
Adapt or Die - Excellence is a moving target. Constantly adjust to stay ahead and improve. This is at the heart of building a better team.
Did you notice that none of these points are passive?
Building and maintaining great teams takes consistent effort. Great teams are built day by day not born!
And, for you locals, now you know why you see groups of otherwise casually dressed engineers in ties.