During BTL team practice with a team of two of souls on the road toward becoming one, we took some time to look back at our last year of building and see how much we’ve grown. Teammate one shared that teammate two has corralled her more than any other human in history. This has made the system much healthier, she continued. I interrupted and demanded that they this up. Keep seeing each other as peers, I challenged this unequal partnership of two. We are all humans even if our titles are presidents, owners, dweebs, controllers, or countless others. It’s predictably irrational to assume you can’t influence the human above you in rank. Predictably irrational, friend ’cause we all know the truth is you can. You just have to learn how to do it. You have to learn how to influence those below, around, and above. Fact.
You have to learn how to do everything, remember.
I challenged both to write something they’ve learned in BTL team practice and applied in their work/life. Teammate two shared he’s better at influencing people in writing vs speaking. Teammate one said she’s always had a team but it’s never been a BTL team. I’ve been the boss, she shared, and created blind followers – they’ve complied. For the first time, she’s allowed a teammate to corral her. “There is a beauty and brilliance in systems,” she emphatically declared. This was a huge declaration. You see, this teammate never liked systems and always ran by the seat of her pants, leaving bodies in this very powerful wake. Her transformational learning has been on the power of leaning against one of her signature strengths (strategic clarity) and allowing teammate two to grab the controls and take us places under his control. The system is stronger now that both are able to fly. Good. We ended this beauty with me asking them to tell me about the most beautiful system in the world. They both looked at me puzzled and grew silent. Finally, teammate two broke the silence – “Apple’s internal system,” he blurted out with confidence. You see, this teammate loves systems, process, control, and is enamored with how Apple seems to do it all, well, beautifully. Not even close, I boldly proclaimed.
The most beautiful system in the world is you.
No joke, friends. You are the most beautiful system in the world. You, your neighbor, boss, brother, enemy, coworker, partner, client, and teammate. So, friend, keep this in mind. You don’t serve meaningless men and women. You serve the most beautiful systems in the world – human beings. What are you learning about the most beautiful systems in your business, leader? What are you learning about the most beautiful systems in your home? What are you learning about the most beautiful system named your boss? What are you learning about the most beautiful system called your bride, brother, or even bully? Slow down and sit with this for awhile. Slow down and learn.
Learning about beautiful systems. Good. Keep learning…