You probably have a group of people with whom you work that you call “your team”. Compare this team with a team you enjoyed playing with as a kid. Is it the same or different? Most people I know would say something like “When I was a kid it was fun. Now it is just work.” Why?
Try this approach with your team.
- Clearly establish the objective of “the game of work”. What does the experience of winning look like?
- Discuss the rules. How do we score, what is fair, what constitutes a penalty etc.?
- Help people determine what position they want to play. Most people want to do the thing at which they can excel.
- Provide coaching so that each player can play their best game. Talent is like a diamond in the rough, it needs cutting and polishing to become a gem.
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