I am thankful for small mercies. I compared notes with one of my friends who expects everything of the universe, and is disappointed when anything is less than the best, and I found that I begin at the other extreme, expecting nothing, and am always full of thanks for moderate goods. – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American Poet and Essayist
Can you imagine comparing notes with Ralph Waldo Emerson ?! While I am not sure about his expecting nothing… I am sure about the power and importance of recognizing and being grateful for what I have and receive in my life.
I have been in Texas this week working from wonderful people from several different organizations on creating more innovative and engaged workplace cultures and teams.
In the course of sharing ideas and insights on how and what leaders do to build trust and connections in their teams I invite leaders share “what’s working for them. Yesterday in Dallas Jo Ann Ream shared that one of the things she has established in her team is a tradition of beginning each team meeting with a short you tube video that might motivate, inspire, instruct or entertain. (sometimes one video might do all of that and more). Then they spend a few minutes discussing the video. What they thought of it, how it applied to them personally or to their team professionally etc. I like it! A very simple and powerful tradition that provides their team with a chance to connect through some soft discussion around a shared and common experience. Simple, powerful and effective. Way to go Jo Ann.
During the break Jo Ann shared one of her and her teams favorite videos….which I have passed along here. After you watch the video - I invite you to leave a comment on my blog site www.kirkweisler.com/t4d responding to this question. What subject might you use this video to teach or discuss with you team?
A longer and more detailed version of this story is available on youtube as well.
So how could you use this video with your group to build team connection and culture?