This weekend, I went to watch the film Bohemian Rhapsody. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I wasn't disappointed!!! Within 20 minutes I forgot I wasn't watching the actual members of Queen, so full credit to the main cast.
One of the themes that realy struck me was just how much Queen were a team - they referred to themselves as a family frequently - but they were a high performing team.
- They accepted each other for exactly who they were - no-one tried to change anyone else
- They respected what each other bought to the team
- They challenged each other to be even better at what they already did well, rather than focus on areas of weakness
- They made big decisions together
- They handled conflict privately
- They presented a united front to the world
- They agreed that all royalties be split evenly as the acknowledged that actually, none of them was much good without the others - a real example of the whole being greater than the sum of it's parts
- They trusted each other
So many lessons to be learned!
If we are lucky (as they were) we find ourselves working with people who naturally gel and perform well together. However, in most businesses, teams need a little help to perform to their best ability. There's no magic wand and no guarantees, but our bite-size sessions on building teams are a good place to start!