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Five things that can kickstart more adventure in your team culture.

Five things that can kickstart more adventure in your team culture.

Being open to new experiences and colliding with the world is what makes us feel most alive. So why not do more of this while we work and not wait until the weekend? No matter where you live or what your team’s mission is, you can help them become more adventurous and ignite a fire under your team’s feet. I’ve done this numerous times in my career, so I know these tips work like magic. 

  1. Hire a Change Catalyst  that is on fire. There’s nothing like a little competition and someone moving faster than everyone else, to get everyone skipping instead of strolling. Routines can encourage complacency.
  2. Remove a key player from a role that surprises everyone and replace them with someone who will get things done. Especially an established person who has been there a long time and probably needs to go do something that kick-starts their own next stage of growth. You’ll be doing them a favor by forcing them into adventure too. Hire the new person specifically to accomplish what the last person had been procrastinating for a multitude of reasons. Then watch the team’s hope rise up a few levels.
  3. Stop having meetings entirely except for the daily meetup where everyone has to explain what they did yesterday and are going to do today. There’s nothing like efficient transparency about productivity (or lack of it) to get work done faster. If you need to discuss a strategy, do it impromptu with the precise person you need to decide. Adding even one more person to a meeting means it will go longer. You need speed now. 
  4. Exert a firm, confident tone of voice in everything you do. The more certainty you can convey, the more everyone will naturally align around you and focus more intentionally. If you waffle or are hesitant, everyone begins to stall their own work until you as a leader can give them direction. Give it every day. 
  5. Start your day early and lead by example by getting a lot done before they even get up. As soon as they see you doing this, they’ll follow suit and increase the pace of their own focused effort. Your team wants you to notice that they are making a difference and they won’t want to lag behind you. Just do a lot more yourself and they will too. 

There’s more, but that has to wait for next week because I have a lot of work to do before my team wakes up this morning. Next week, I will continue the thread with the topic of passion at work. 

Quote to inspire you to get started now….

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

-Mark Twain