I have my favourite imagery. Do forgive me for that pet peeve. If it is teamwork, I love trapeze artistes. Each artist is a master. Each respects the other. Each trusts the other.
How else do you fly free and expect to caught , all in one fluid, beautiful movement? Precision. Timing. Synchronisation. Not even one aspect can fall short – no pun intended. I have been asked often enough, why not team games. Simple straightforward imagery.
Yes, of course teams and sports. But isn’t there a beauty in order and isn’t it there for us to see in these flights and artistry of trapeze artists? That brings one to the need for beauty in teamwork. Not just working in sync, but working harmoniously. Beautifully. So, harmony.
That brings us to a kutcheri. Or western classical recitals. Timing. Coordination. Waiting your turn. Being prepared. ( Practice and perfection are conjoined twins, truly.)
Now what on earth does all that have to corporate life? Crazy as it sounds, everything, I believe. How many times have we set out to sell a concept or product with great collaterals and script in place, a sales head and a sales guy, perhaps? And how many times have we cut into each other’s narration, or countered, corrected or spoken out of turn and stood shamefaced with embarrassed? Team work? Jugal bandhi? Did we miss a beat or two? Have we let our cell phones ring shrilly in the midst of a serious meeting? Music? Have we ever wondered if our colleague is currying favours with the top guys and shortchanging us? Trust? Whither?
Sometimes, you really wish you could put a music conductor in charge of Corporate HR & Training. Seriously. Maybe, then just maybe we can learn to make team music. Harmony. Not sure if its a rule or an exception, but the corporate rat race truly lends inteself to inane cacophony. Back to the trapeze. I wonder if I can speak my mind. Or will I get dropped?