Building Great Team Habits

Team-sized Habits of Success

Most teams come together out of some form of convenience. Outside of some kind of demographic similarity most members of a team have little in common, except perhaps some simple common interest.

The first important team I joined had tons of vital commonality. Virtually all of the members were extremely proficient problem solvers trained in the investigative and analytical techniques of physics. Those habits drove a team-based power that few people in the world even know exist, let alone experience.

Natural Habit Formation in Typical Teams

By and large, most teams quickly fall into habits that have little to do with team effectiveness and achieving a goal. Most team habits simply supply superficial buffers against interpersonal conflict. Unexpectedly rapid team successes sometimes come about by accidental coordination. Amplifying the team's capabilities through well-considered collaboration is unusual for most teams.

Yet, we also know that even badly led teams often make at least a little progress. Most of them do achieve their goals eventually. It's tough. It's painful. It's frequently aggravating, but somehow some things get done.

In Digital Clones's other work on leadership, we call the collection of a group's habits the group's corporate culture. As noted above, most corporate cultures evolve with very little direction. But a gifted and talented leader can actually engineer group habits in such a way that the results of individual member efforts can be multiplied by well-coordinated efforts by the other team members.

Gifts and Talents Applied to Team Habit Formation

One of the big strengths that a gifted and talented child should practice is to apply the lessons learned in pursuit of their gift to other aspects of life. Obviously here, we're thinking of applying those lessons to building an effective team.

Allow me to illustrate. Let's suppose you play a brass instrument, trumpet or cornet. You want to play this killer piece, but you can't get the tonguing. Eventually, you invent your own tonguing technique, and you're off to the musical races.

OK, so it's not that you can now blaze through a piece of music that means anything to running a team. It's that you had a musical problem, and you figured out how to solve it. It's that problem solving method that you bring to the issues of team leadership. What was keeping you from success? What kind of skill did you need to add to your bag of tricks? How many parts did the problem actually have? How did you knock those pieces out one part at a time?

If you can build a new set of habits to break into a new level of musical performance, you can help your team build new habits to improve their team performance as well.

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Building Great Teams by Building New Team Habits

Erik Lenderman: Hi folks. This is Erik Lenderman, again with Dr. Tom Meylan, former NASA scientist and Ph.D. in astrophysics. Today we're talking about the last chapter in his newest book, Be the Boss by 12, Volume Zero, Parents' Prep. Today's chapter is going to focus on “Building Great Teams by Building New Team Habits.” So, Tom, can you tell us, what can a parent learn from this chapter that will help them teach their kids how to build team habits?

Thomas Meylan Ph.D.: Well, again, we're extending this notion of habits farther and farther out from the child. Just to recap: We've got the discovery of the habits. We've got the assessment of the habit to see whether it helps the child be the boss or not. The habits they need to develop their own self-image of being the boss (in the good sense of being the boss). That's part of it. Projecting that image out so that people do recognize the gifted and talented child is the boss.

Now, there's a group. What makes the difference? What makes the difference is, is this group, even if it's just a grade school group, could be a group project, right? How many times does a gifted and talented kid get stuck into a group project where everybody says, “We're going to let the smart kid do this so we all get the 'A', right?”

Now, there gets to be a pont in life, depending on the school system, where the kid will just say, “Fine, you guys stay home and I'll do the project.” Well, that's one way that gifted and talented people deal with unmotivated classmates. Now, if this group project forms, and everybody already sees this gifted and talented kid as the boss, they might respond differently. They might actually be able to form a group plan, have tasks actually delegated out, or mutually defined, or whatever it is, but they'll actually be working as a team. They will have different habits than some other team in the class where it's just a bunch of kids jockying around for the least amount of work they can get away with.

So, this is an extremely important skill when it comes to managing adult worklife. Even if a gifted and talented person has decided they don't want to climb the corporate ladder, or run for major office, they'll still be able to take a group of people and be an extremely positive force in that team's success. And they'll be able to do that because they understand that building team habits toward successful action is important for everybody that's involved with this group.

So, again, that's extending the habit concept out there, that this group, whenever they get together, they always have these positive, success-oriented behaviors as a team. And that's where this is aiming.

Erik Lenderman: Wonderful, thank you so much. So, folks, if you want to learn how to prepare your gifted and talented child being a leader, working in a team, you're going to want to look at this chapter and click the link below, and you can get a copy of Tom's book. And we're going to make these chapters available on his website for a limited period of time, if you want to take a look at some. But otherwise, if you're watching this video and we've already taken them down, then click the link below, and you can get the full copy of his book. Thank you so much for joining us, and remember to watch our other videos. Subscribe to the Youtube channel, and you'll see more of Tom's other work, and how to raise your gifted and talented kid.

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