The Birth of Something New

People are not perfect and probably the only perfection we should strive for should be a healthy balance anyway. But achieving balance often requires having a certain level of stability; a privilege most teams in our modern age do not have. Most teams cannot find healthy balances because hardly anyone gets to do the same thing over and over again.

Historians explain the expansion of professions in many ways, but if you compare an employee who worked in a factory in the 1800′ s with an employee who works in the high-tech industry in the 21st century, one thing is very clear- change is exponentially faster and more frequent now than it was back then. People needed to make adjustments back then too, but when the need to improve moves from being a rare event to one of the most frequent situations during your workday, teams have to deal with a whole new level of complexity.

How do teams give birth to new changes, making needed adjustments on an everyday basis? How can teams overcome the very basic resistance to doing things differently?

Giving birth to new habits, acquiring new skills in a lasting way, changing direction, getting used to new team members and many other adjustments that are required if teams and organizations are to be successful, require a new emotional and cognitive foundation.

The emotional comes first and is probably more delicate and, in most cases, more difficult. People who need to be able to acquire new habits and skills need to be open and receptive, with confident, but not overly confident, egos, among other things. They need to be able to keep in touch with reality. The cognitive part is as important. Which specific changes need to be made to the way teams learn, plan, interact and execute?

Most importantly, the success of teams depends on the ability to identify what is missing and, as a team, the ability to acquire what they need. It is no longer about skill X or Y. It’s about the ability to search and adjust.

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