It takes many different mindsets and behaviors to make a team hum. I am appreciating a view of collaborative behaviors developed by David Kantor (as part of his work on Structural Dynamics), and am finding it useful as a way to hold up a mirror to a team that is interested in understanding and improving their communication.
Has the team’s daily stand-up lost a bit of freshness? How might you know? See if you can detect any of the following indicators:
No one seems to be listening to anyone else
Someone is giving waaaaaay too much detail
People are just reporting status: “I’ve been doing my job”
Lack of peer accountability
General dearth of energy
Ever since the dawn of our species, we’ve told stories.
We’ve sung them, told them around campfires, painted them on cave walls, drew them on clay pots and canvases, woven them in tapestries and carved them into stone. Eventually we wrote them down.
Today, we share stories via sticky notes, podcasts, town halls, planning meetings and daily scrums.
Introducing the Itty Bitty Shitty Committee (IBSC): Sometime during my 50th trip around our star, I had a thought, “I should run a marathon before I turn 60.” And then those voices in my head kicked in with a nice chorus of “Yes, but…”
Framed on my study wall is a selfie of my daughter Isabel and myself in the cockpit of a Cessna two-seater. She’s in the pilot’s seat, I’m holding the camera and we both have the biggest smiles on our faces.