A Full Belly, Full Brain presentation is given once a month after Social Lunch by a Socialite on a topic of their choosing.
After spending some time deliberating on a topic, I decided to do my Full Belly, Full Brain presentation on teamwork for three simple reasons:
- We’re Team Social, just not actually sponsored by Nike
- I’ve always loved being on teams, from being super heroes with my brother to playing sports in college
- I wanted
to make everyone look sillyeveryone to have fun together
To begin, the fearless owners drew names for their partner and had 30 seconds to decide on a team name:
- Zan & Eric, “Team Us” (took 4 seconds)
- Ben & Mika, “Team Go Joe” (took 12 seconds…but guys, who is Joe?)
- Tamara & Patrick, “Sweet Team” (took 26 seconds, clever…)
May the odds be ever in your favor… let the games begin!
Tiebreaker: By this point there was a clear winner, but we played the tiebreaker challenge anyway to give the other teams a chance for redemption.
Team Us swept away the competition with clear heads and steady hands, good job boys!
Since our Social Retreat in the Fall, we have been purposefully working in teams on Pet Projects and on client work. Our system isn’t perfect yet, but with practice we are becoming a stronger, more efficient team.
The benefits of teamwork:
- Being on a team builds character, teaches empathy, and ultimately achieves goals
- Teams can help compensate each others’ weaknesses and build on both your strengths
- Teams hold you accountable, which can help eliminate excuses and procrastination on deadlines
- You’re not alone!
Competition is healthy when it increases morale, efficiency and productivity.
Why teams can fail:
- Generally people aren’t used to being on a team, which causes conflict and power struggles
- Often teams can be overly democratic and don’t clearly define roles, leading to disorganization and underperformance
- Competition can quickly lead to insecurity, division and frustration
- Define Roles: Clearly set expectations and hold one another accountable
- Communicate Clearly: Avoid passive conflict and disorganization by talking issues out and expressing concerns
- Make Decisions: Teams become inefficient when they aren’t capable of making decisions, leadership helps
- Take Responsibility: Own your role or project, manage your time and deliver what’s expected
- Stay Encouraging: Everyone needs a high-five every now and then
Socialites, thank you for being such good sports and bringing your A-game to the table! Doughbot give everyone 1000 points.
**Games came from/were inspired by Minute to Win It.