Going on the theme of more references from nature, recently on BBC One has been a documentary about Swarms (a definition: “moving somewhere in large numbers”), called: “Swarm: Nature’s Incredible Invasions” with two episodes: first link here and second link here.
Narrated by David Tennant, Produced by Philip Dalton, Robert Pilley and John Downer; it provides great lessons to learn from and reflect on, regarding collaboration, from various species of: insects, birds, water animals and mammals across our planet.
The title of the second episode has captured entirely my attention; therefore, I have deemed it fit to represent my view here:
“One Million Heads, One Beautiful Mind”
What is astonishing is the precision of the synchronised group’s actions, having a specific objective and carrying it through to completion.
The best lesson from there was: “by sharing information in the group, they share intelligence.”
Go and watch it, you will learn a lot!
I am really fascinated by the “team” concept in the current disruptive environment organisations big and small are operating in; and sometimes turning to other areas of life, or just reflecting on the best course of action, could help us understand how to make things work for us, in our current situation.
There is a metaphor which represents how big organisations vs smaller ones do things/ or how reactive they are to unexpected external factors, and that is “big ship vs a small boat”. To change course, for a big ship literally can take many times over the time it takes a tiny boat to do it.
Just imagine how you could re-create the structure of the “big ship”= the organisation, by synchronising with precision all “the small boats”= each team in your organisation.
A bit like the swarm does. A swarm is agile, and exactly because they are a group of multiple creatures travelling together, they are capable to share and take advantage of their knowledge in the right way, at the right time, by communicating continuously with their neighbours. They break chain/ formation, regroup, readjust and carry on.
They succeed because they all know why they do what they do; what to do, when, and how to do it, so each individual supports themselves, and the group overall, to achieve its destination.
What do you think makes a great team? Would love to hear your view. Do it by clicking here
What can team coaching do for you?
I will answer this one!
Overall, it will improve:
- Team trust
- Team open communication= tapping into the collective wisdom
- Team cohesiveness
- Capability of becoming great change catalysts
- Relationships savviness
- Masters of resources
- Intelligence sharing
- Understanding of team dynamics, which in turn will become beneficial as a continuum, when one member of the team relocates, then the new comer integrates at the level they are at and brought gradually to where the team is. This will ensure perpetual great performance
- Become nimble as a team
If any of the above sounds like something you would want to work on with your team, then contact me by clicking here and book a Free Strategy Session.
Wishing you great success,