Real Life Isn’t Like The Movies

February 15, 2011

Chapter 8 – Open Teams

In a movie the action will build to a climax where the hero stands up for themselves and, with a single defiant act, changes their life forever. The protagonist delivers that final speech, closes the major deal, or resorts to violence –you’ve seen those movies where someone punches out their boss– and nothing is ever the same. Real life doesn’t work like that.

If you make a big speech to your team about why they need to be an open team they will think you are spouting something you read in a book. They will probably ignore you. You help your team be more open in little ways every day. Pick up the phone and ask for someone’s opinion. Take a little extra time to let someone know what you are working on. It won’t take long for you to see that you can be better at your work with a little help.

Asking for help, and using it well, will quickly make you one of the most productive members of your team. Seeing how productive you can be will convince your team members to try peer review faster than any speech. You have the power to be an example. Show your team that helping each other can be a reality rather than a utopian vision.

Changing your world with peer review may seem idealistic, but it really can work. Team culture is malleable, and you can shape it into something better for your entire team by putting the open team philosophy into action.

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