NOT another improving teamwork article

Let’s deal with the improving teamwork blister right now

At last count there’s 12 zillion, 301 blogs on improving teamwork and stuff that you can get moving with. I could include a list of links to each, but your IT peeps would be even less cheerful than usual…

To get you into the groove for 2022, I want to share a moment and a song – seriously!

In December I was in a motel room on a Sunday afternoon in beautiful Albany.

(I had a workshop there early the next morning, so Sunday travel was the smart option to avoid flight delays.)

With 15 minutes ‘spare’ before I headed out for dinner with some colleagues I did something semi-weird (by my standards).

I switched on the TV, just to see what was on.

And there it was…

Four minutes of absolute joy and indulgence

Indie band, San Sisco, together with the absolutely brilliant Katy Steele and Stella Donnelly doing a rich and loving cover of The Sleepy Jackson classic, ‘Good Dancers’.

Shot in the heritage-listed Victoria Hall in Fremantle, it was a moment in time.

Why?

Watch:

  • How well they work together, play to each other’s strengths and bring each other forward
  • That there’s no ‘lead’ singer. They even each stand back at times and stay out of each other’s way
  • The absence of an audience – yet they’re giving it their all
  • It’s smoothness – clearly there’s been a lot of prep done and everyone is clear on their role and contribution
  • The end – when they’re done – they’re done.

Listen:

To the lyrics written by the hyper-talented Luke Steele…

  • “Don’t always dream for what you want” and …
  • “When you think with your mind you’ve got a place to go now”

Join:

The dots…

  • What could the way they’ve worked together and the lyrics sung flag for you and possibly your team or colleagues?
  • What’s one action you can now take re improving teamwork over the coming month?

Here’s the video, give yourself some indulgent time to watch and listen and think about how perhaps a song, experience or moment could help shape 2022 for you.

Clearly, it’s got me off to a great start!

PS – I’ve been doing an office clean, if there are any facilitation, teamwork or stakeholder engagement resources you’d like posted to you (i.e. in the mail), let me know.

Thanks,

Andrew

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Andrew Huffer

Andrew Huffer has over 25 years experience in working with organisations, businesses, managers and communities and at a state, national and international level. He designs and delivers specialist engagement processes, with a focus on facilitating open decision making processes and skill development of clients. He has delivered presentations and workshops at a number of state, national and international conferences.

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