The Heart of the Tribe
By definition, a tribe is a group of people, or a community with similar values or interests, with a common leader.
In GoTeam, we identify more as a tribe than as a family. A family is tied by blood and often has no choice on who joins the unit. A tribe, however, is able to choose its members based on the common interests that make an interdependent ecosystem work. Members are expected to bring in their contribution and at the same time protect the interest of the whole tribe over the interest of one.
The heart of GoTeam Tribe is the value of CARE.
In its highest ideals, this brings about win-win scenarios for ALL – members meet their obligations to the tribe so that the tribe can meet the needs of everyone. It’s a symbiotic relationship. However, when this notion is used to serve only a few, it causes misalignment and conflict within the tribe. That is why it’s important that all members of the tribe share the same values and mindset.
The Parable of the Long Spoon
There’s this story about an angel showing the difference between heaven and hell. Both images show a group of people gathered around a round table with a pot of nourishing food in the center; each person holding long spoons sufficient to reach the pot and fill their spoons.
Hell is this image with the people sweating and struggling to try to feed themselves with the spoon whose handle’s length is too long to allow them to hold it and get the food into their mouth.
“Heaven”, the angel says, “looks exactly like the first room except the people are having a great time enjoying the food and interactive over a meal.
The difference is that in heaven the people have learned to feed each other.
2019 is a year of structured scaling up. We are gearing towards standardized & documented processes. It also opens up an opportunity for us to reorganize and optimize our organizational structure to serve our current reality and set us up to success on our road to a thousand.
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