Recently, a client and I were talking about making some changes to his BTL team practice. There’s a part of him that wants to include more people and another part that wants to make it more exclusive. He’s torn between these options and will decide soon enough which direction to take it. That is not the point.
As I let him do most of the speaking, the funniest thing came out of his mouth. He said there was no way he could make the team practice smaller – people would revolt, he said. This team has become so tight, he couldn’t think of telling some people they were out. This got me thinking. Our purpose, in BTL team practice, is somehow together to awaken, challenge, and transform a few individuals, teams, and leaders into one, distinct and deeply connected. ONE becoming BTL. Together we transform. This is the purpose, but this too is not the point. The how we do it is. What is the special sauce for how we create the kind of chemistry that transforms some leaders minds into thinking they can’t live without team practice?
We make people learn how to do hard things well.
We make people think about hard things they’ve been holding in. We make people huddle up in small groups (sometimes with people from other departments, sometimes with people they don’t like, and sometimes with people they’re scared to death of) and talk about hard things that are holding them back. You see, your team wants to talk. Your team wants to learn. Your team wants to master some craft and do something well that’s worth doing. Your team wants to connect with other teammates, even those with salty reputations and scary titles. BTL team practice facilitates these kinda convo’s and people can’t get enough. You see, friend, deep within each of us, we know we’re meant for so much more. Most companies and most leaders simply haven’t studied human nature enough. They don’t know that you want to learn to do hard things well and that you want to do them with tight teammates.
Your team, leader, has always learned by doing, by practicing. Your team wants to transform. And, you have a few teammates willing to be the change, willing to be the catalyst, willing to do the hard work. BTL team practice will surface these few and create a few more. Funny, a lot of the time the transformational teammates are some of the quietest ones. Overtime and through the consistency of practice, these few will talk (often in their small group) and the system will never be the same. The talk will not be cheap. It will be substantive and oftentimes lead us to something new, something creative, and something hard and worth doing. Freakin’ magic, baby.
Your team wants to learn to do hard things well. BTW, we don’t make people do anything. Good…