Why Twitter & FB suck me in:
- It's a community. It's connecting. It feeds our need as a human spirit to be connected.
- I can be me. Creative. Sarcastic. Helpful. Funny. Sad. Whoever I am for the day.
- It's a game. I currently have 1190 followers on Twitter and 333 on FB. Most days I know my follower number on Twitter and I work to get more.
- Sometimes I learn stuff. Some of it helpful, some of it ridiculous, but I'm learning.
There are some lessons in here if you'll indulge me for a minute. Of course they are tied to The 4 Disciplines of Execution from FranklinCovey. Because that's what I do. No shame.
What if your team felt like more of a community? How would you feel if you knew exactly how your team contributed to the success of your organization? What if your contribution mattered? What if your contribution was critical to some part of the organizations success and you were proud to be a part of it?
Me being me:
What if you were so caught up in how important your team was to the success of the organization that you didn't spend time playing politcal games and middle school antics? What if you could bring your most creative, helpful, and funny contribution to work with you every day because you knew how what you did mattered?
It's a game.
We've talked about this before right? See the previous post or this one. Stop asking people to come to work and give their best if they don't know what winning looks like. If you aren't keeping score, people won't play to win, they'll play not to lose. The complete craze of Farmville should tell you something. Think about it. Mostly intelligent adults spending time playing an internet game about fake farming. Seriously? Yes.
When I know what winning looks like, I'm searching intensely to learn how to be better and play harder. I like to learn if I know what it can help me do. You won't have to bribe me with big chocolate chip cookies to come to training if I know how what you're teaching helps me to win. And especially if I know why my team matters, then, you can't make me NOT learn, so get outta my way please.
Watch this 17 minute video about The 4 Disciplines of Execution, and then tell me if that could make your work more fun, like Twitter.
P.S. I don't do Farmville, please don't ask me to come and help me build your barn. Unless it's a real barn... then I'll bring a hammer. A real one.