Finding Your Team’s Vision

Every team needs a goal.

Small-town sports team, elite competitive mathletes, developer tiger team.

If you don’t have a vision, direction or purpose for where your team is headed – how will you know when you get there?

How will you know when you have achieved it?

How will you know it’s time to tweak, adjust and grow that vision?

If you never have anything to measure against it?

And what about everyone on your team?

How will you get them on board to what you want to accomplish when they have no concept as to what your vision is?

You don’t need a retreat in the mountains with only a knife and your wits to figure it out.

You need a group, a team, ready to define it, agree to it and commit to making it happen.

The Angry Helper

The Angry Helper is the person who begrudgingly agrees to help you.

They bemoan the process the whole time, bitter in the fact that they have to take time out of their day to help you figure out this “simple” problem that only they can understand.

What you say and do is never enough to help, it was done wrong the first time and it will be done wrong the second and third and fourth time.

And then they leave, sure whatever it was might now work, but you can see the wake behind them as they walk away, onto the next team member to offer their assistance to, begrudgingly, complaining the entire time.

Want to be a great team member?

Help your team grow by accepting that everyone needs help and assistance at some time or another.

Realize you are not Lord of the Code.

And when someone asks for help on your worst possible day?

If you can’t help in a complimentary, sincere, helpful way… send them to someone that will.

Do you Trust your Team?

Then how do you expect to work together?

If you can’t trust the person beside you, in front of you or behind you to be there when you need them the most.

Then how can you lead them?

You can’t.

You need to know that when you ask for their help they will be there for you, or when the workload is too heavy they will all chip in to help or when it comes down to do their review they will know that you have their best interests at heart even when the news is sour.

You can’t do any of that without trusting your team.

And they can’t do the same if they don’t trust you to be there for them.

When the Team Comes Together

They are unstoppable.

A force of nature.

The combining of all lions into Voltron.

Yes, they are that good.

And you know when it happens, you know the moments I’m talking about, I don’t need to say more than that.

So how you do make it so the Team Comes Together Every, Single, Time.

Now that’s a problem worth solving.

 

Play the Player or the Game?

There is a lot written about whether you should play the game or the player you are playing against.

You see it in many sports games, where a player realizes the instant that they can’t win the game, so they start playing the player.

Here’s the thing, when you play the player, you are no longer playing the game, you’re playing something else completely different, but it’s not the game.

If you can’t beat them at the game you are in, create a new one that they don’t know they are in.

This can work, this can be a strategy.

But it won’t work in the long-run, because while everyone else is figuring out how to play the game better, the one game better, you are busy trying to come up with a different set of games for every player on the field.

Play the game, know you aren’t always going to win but keep pushing, because one day you will and it’ll be that much more worth it.