New metaphors for teams

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Balancing inflated teams is significantly important to their performance. Use of a proper metaphor explains this need adequately

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New metaphors for teams

  1. NEWMETAPHORSFORTEAMSAli Anani, PhD
  2. I dedicate this presentation toPaul Merino.His comments and insightsinspired me with the ideaof this presentation.I am deeply grateful to Paul.HTTP://SEUILS.ORG
  3. Profiling of Team MembersCreative IdeasGeneratorsControllersResults SeekersSocialproblemsSolvers
  4. Balancing the WheelsAll four types of membersshould be presentand “inflated”equally in teams
  5. If not, teamsbecome likeimbalanced cars
  6. But that isnot enough
  7. Inflation ofthe four tiresmust be optimal
  8. Over-inflation of tires causesUneven tread wear
  9. Over-inflation of tires causesUneven tread wearDecreased responsetime when driving
  10. Over-inflation of tires causesUneven tread wearDecreased responsetime when drivingHitting a curb can cause the tireto separate from the rim or explode
  11. This risk increases inhot weatheras the tires becomeover-inflated with theirhot air content
  12. So are over-inflated teamsOver-inflation of teams causesUneven tread wearDecreased response time when driving to their goalHitting a curb can cause some team members to disengageThis risk increases in heated andangry atmosphere of organizations.
  13. The teamdriver(leader)is leadingexplosivepassengers(team members)
  14. Team leaders shouldavoid over-inflating theirteam members ifthe prevailing climate is hot
  15. Under inflation isequally harmful
  16. Under inflation is equally harmfulThis will causeuneven tread wearWill lead eventually to the wearof the inner sidewall of the tire
  17. Under inflation is equally harmfulThis will causeuneven tread wearWill lead eventually to the wearof the inner sidewall of the tireWeakening of the entire structure of the tire
  18. So are teamsUnder inflation is equally harmfulThis will causeuneven tread wearWill lead eventually to the wearof the inner sidewall of the tireWeakening of the entire structure of the Team
  19. Avoid old tires
  20. Tires have a shelf life.In time the rubber loses its flexibility.When it dries out, it will usually crackAvoid old tires
  21. Make sure old team membersdo not lose theirflexibility and adaptabilityRearrange teams.Better let teams self-organize
  22. Deflation of tires maynot be avoidableNails and brokenglass are examples
  23. Deflation of tires maynot be avoidableAvoid driving over teammembers who have brokenhearts or nail-likecharacters
  24. Deflation of tires maynot be avoidableA team leader shouldnot also delay acting .Else, the problemaggravates with time.
  25. Deflation of tires maynot be avoidableBroken glass is problematic.Discover their presence inthe tire by immersing it inwater to find the holecaused by the glass
  26. Deflation of tires maynot be avoidableBy the same token, immerseyour team in fluid works sothat you may discoverthe “hole”.
  27. Deflation of tires maynot be avoidableCheck the inner and outer sidewall of the tirefor problems such as the presence of bubblesThis could mean that you have broken a tire bandwhile suffering the flat, or simply damagedthe sidewall. This poses a serious safety threat
  28. Deflation of tires maynot be avoidableWatch out for bubble talks amongteam members and act realizingthat this problem would becomeunsolvable if not acted upon.
  29. The metaphor- tires that areinflated to specified pressure.Inflate people with workloadabove or below their “optimalZone” the performance goesdown, risk increases andstress goes upward
  30. The metaphor- tires that areinflated to specified pressure.Inflate people with workloadabove or below their “optimalZone” the performance goesdown, risk increases andstress goes upwardThese result in de-motivating the staff.The vicious spiral starts.
  31. The optimal pressure level is dependenton the tires, road conditions, tire specs.Likewise; not all employees are the same.We need to test not only by increasingpressure on them, but equally importantby lowering pressure. Less workload, gobird watching are just great examples oflowering pressure and releasing “excessunwanted air” inside the employees.
  32. Inflationoftiresservesasagoodmetaphorfortheinflationofteamstowardsbetterperformance

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