The Connected Team

The Connected Team isn’t the one with the latest tools that sync from phone to tablet to laptop in seconds.

They aren’t the team that’s delivering on all of their sprints in rapid succession.

They aren’t the team that sits side-by-side having lunch with each other each and every day of the week.

These are all good things.

But the Connected Team is the team that picks up where one leaves off, that understands the meaning of a message either within or without of the proper context.

The Connected Team isn’t built overnight, it’s built over months and years through actions and trust built over hours, days and weeks through dedication, ownership and pride in the team’s work.

The Connected Team isn’t about¬†always being online, connected and available it’s about everyone knowing the strengths and weaknesses of each member of your team and working towards projects where strengths are leveraged and weaknesses are slowly eliminated not just by the team leadership, but all members on the team.

Recipe for Startup Passion Juice

Very easy to make…

  • Take one part knowledge.
  • Two parts will.
  • Four parts ability to grind.
  • Three parts desire to fail and try, fail and try, fail and try again.
  • One part Entrepreneurial know-how (adds some flavour, but okay if you don’t have to start)
  • Seven parts positive outlook.
  • Six parts humble pie.

Mix together in a haphazard fashion, drink from a monster cup which is promptly slammed on the table when emptied dry and welcome to a new day.

Passion isn’t a thing you learn or get or find – it’s something you do and find by never giving up.

Something new to Learn

What if you know something hard to learn that your friend doesn’t know.

What if your friend knows something hard to learn that you don’t know.

And you both stared at each other in awe of the other person’s skill thinking “that is too hard I could never do that”.

“I’ll never get the training amount approved.”

“It’s not on my career path, no use trying something new.”

“I haven’t done anything with that in years, it’d take way too long to get going”.

Or, maybe you could reach out, ask for a starting point and each moment, day after day, start chipping away at it, teaching each other, until one day when it no longer is something new and hard to learn.

Where your best thinking happens

In a Starbucks?

At home?

In a quiet corner of the office?

In a busy mall?

If you have the option to work remotely, wifi is everywhere (almost), why not work where you do your best thinking?

And if it feels to be working with remotely on text, voice and conference calls instead of being there with them in person than the next question you have to ask yourself is…

Why do we have all this stuff if we aren’t using it?

Think where you are most productive, most energetic and most engaged, forget the timezones and calendars that tie you down.

Just Think.

After all the by-product of great thinking is always GREAT work.

Are you too far gone?

This is a very hard question to ask of yourself and of others.

It generally arises when your motivation has dipped, the projects have lost their lustre and you feel you are doing more grinding and “going through the motions” than you should be.

But you want to get better, you want to improve and you want to be there.

So the question you have to ask yourself is whether you are too far gone.

I write this having been in this spot a few times in my career, we all get there, no need to deny it, but when you are leading a team it takes on a whole new level of importance because no longer do you need to understand whether you are far too gone but also whether people on your team are too far gone.

And if there are people that are too far gone, then what do you need to be doing to bring them back in, to make them feel motivated again, to want them to see every project as not another “thing to do” but another opportunity.

If caught early enough, and turned around, the results are amazing… but first you have to spot it.