I’ve just returned from two weeks of “Community Team Building” working with two good friends in delivering an Experiential program in Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland.
The Wonder of such places, motivates and inspires all people to look at the potential within themselves and their team.
Whenever I deliver a team building program I learn quite a bit about myself. This time, I got a huge dose of admiration for the strengths of others. After the third day of experiences, I shared a short conversation with one of my partners who was feeling a bit out of sorts, because one of our partners didn’t share the same delivery style or focus. As I listened to the story, I knew the essence of team. It bubbled forth in a wave of appreciation.
When working with others, I don’t have the energy to worry about how or what others are doing, I am totally focused on what I need to do. In letting others build teams and potential in their own way, it permits each of me to deliver my true essence, my personal brilliance. . . and so too, they deliver theirs.
Sure, I would do some things differently, if I were them, but the point is, I’m not. Our differences are what make our delivery team so special, and our experiences so memorable and meaningful.
Upon leaving a building, at the end of the training, our team reviewed the comments of participants to better prepare for our next group. We were all amazed at the consensus of the course participants. They knew us better than we knew ourselves. They identified each of our unique personalities and the strengths that were evident among our team.
My colleague and I flew home with a complete understanding that our differences are what make our team building capacity so great.
Just think about it: When can you give up a little bit of control to let others on your team contribute their true essence?
Just do it: The next time the urge to confront someone on your team with what they are doing that bothers you, take a look at the deeper strengths that are present in that individual and help them bring their passion to the forefront, to ensure that unparalleled success follows as a natural byproduct of your team building endeavors.