My favorite team is the one I made the most mistakes with and learned the most from. They also happen to be the most high-performing team I have seen. They had trust, drive, commitment to each other and their work. More importantly, they had fun. It didn’t matter how difficult the work was, they still had a blast with each other. Managers knew to leave us alone. They trusted the team and it was well-deserved. I had the pleasure of getting back together with them this week and we picked right back up where we left off. Sometimes, I wish we could “get the band back together” but, I know that’s not part of my learning plan.
I couldn’t tell you what makes this team so special to me. They just are. This was the team that taught me to worry about the team and not about the work.