Today, during practice 255, we stirred up stuff and it was good. Practice began by going back to 254 and sharing stories of real PA from there to here. We had a new recruit fresh off his final interview sit in and observe. Yes, friend, this team is not normal. Emotions ran freely. Truth was told. Understanding was given. I poked a lawyer and a few poked me. The leader told a teammate he didn’t believe them and nobody blinked. The teammate stood her ground and further demonstrated what a team of peers puts forward. This team is not big on force but boy are they powerful.
I reminded them of their leaders aim of a self managed company – a team of peers.
You see, friend, long ago, in ancient Greece, a team of warriors gathered in the agog to build unity through telling tough truths. The Spartans were not big on rank. In 480 B.C. they were led by King Leonidas who taught them that when they went into battle to refer to each other as peers – “men of equal status.” Today, during practice 255, we felt like peers. We are not warriors, nor will we ever be. We are hoping to become virtuous teammates who turn BTL team practice into the best kind of locker room. Today, we tasted it a bit. We’re becoming a team of peers; positions, not so much. You see, the highest performing teams operate like ancient Sparta – they act like peers. They act like men and women of equal status.
What’s your team act like? Peers or People more interested in position, prominence, and power? Don’t trust your own perspective – go get tired on the field with some teammates and ask around. Good…