September 2021

There is no "i" in "team"

As the Australian Football League grand final rolls around for another year, the importance of team-work and the many facets that comprise success come to mind. I was reminded of this when speaking with a friend who mentioned how difficult it is to maintain a team who are all wanting to be goal kickers.

Every team needs members that provide different skills. A team needs those who kick the goals but it also needs those who defend and those who can work right across the whole field, to provide an environment in which goals can be kicked. That can mean the support team, coaches, physios and even partners of the individuals themselves. Essentially, this is not a team of high performers but a high performing team. Having this type of diversity within a team means there is a much greater chance of success.

The Paralympics is another example of where support and team work exists. At the recent event held in Tokyo, a dedicated team of 70 multi-skilled technicians were on hand to repair and service prosthetics and equipment without which athletes who have trained their whole lives for the moment could not continue to compete. The part that these dedicated technicians play in enabling the success of the athletes is an example of it not just being the goal kickers, but a team effort leading to success.

How does diversity and inclusion in terms of teams bring high performance? Ideally bringing together a team with different thinking styles, habits and perspectives united by common goals is a good start. What else can be done to bring that high performance?

Here are some tips:

-Develop a compelling vision

-Promote and celebrate inclusive behaviours

-Create Psychological safety

Read more on Psychological Safety here

-Develop trust and social cohesion

-Celebrate wins

Which of these could you be doing more of to elevate you team?


In Conversation with Chip Conley:

I had the great pleasure this month to interview Chip Conley- Hospitality entrepreneur, New York times best seller and founder of The Modern Elder Academy. We spoke in depth about Cultivating Curiosity and Resilience. Here is the link to our wonderful conversation.

For more information on the Modern Elder Academy click here.


Book Recommendation:


Think like a Monk: Train your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every day, Jay Shetty

Over the past three years, Jay Shetty has become a favourite in the hearts and minds of millions of people worldwide. One of his clips was the most watched video on Facebook last year, with over 360 million views. His social media following totals over 32 million, he has produced over 400 viral videos, which have amassed more than 5 billion views, and his podcast, β€˜On Purpose', is consistently ranked the world's #1 health-related podcast.

In this inspiring, empowering book, Shetty draws on his time as a monk in the Vedic tradition to show us how we can clear the roadblocks to our potential and power. Drawing on ancient wisdom and his own rich experiences in the ashram, Think Like a Monk reveals how to overcome negative thoughts and habits, and access the calm and purpose that lie within all of us.

The lessons monks learn are profound but often abstract. Shetty transforms them into advice and exercises we can all apply to reduce stress, improve focus, improve relationships, identify our hidden abilities, increase self-discipline and give the gifts we find in ourselves to the world. Shetty proves that everyone can – and should – think like a monk.