Blame the Maker


By: Doug Bolger, Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Learn2

Each ingredient serves a purpose. Without an ingredient, the cake changes. If an ingredient is off, the entire cake can be distasteful or the other ingredients have to mask the bad taste of the one.

When all the ingredients add their role to the team, the cake tastes good, feeds many and is cause for celebration.

Each ingredient serves a purpose. Each ingredient has a role and function to play in a team. Knowing your role in the team comes from the hiring process, the job description, how you are measured, your supervisor, and primarily how you choose to contribute to the team. Consider a sales person who contributes to the team yet does not contribute sales. This is similar to a cake with no flour because the ingredient withholds its role and benefit to the team.

What and how do you contribute to the cake? What roles do others on your team contribute?

Last winter Learn2 had Crispin Duenas, one of Canada’s hopeful medalists in London 2012 illustrate his skills at a staff retreat for the Canadian Olympic Team. Crispin explained how he is one ingredient in the team even if he is the most obvious. After we learned from Crispin and his coach Joan Macdonald, each department within the COC explained how they contribute to the Archery

Team. Often moments like these help us understand our contribution and the contributions of others.

Action: Choose an outcome – make that outcome happen.

Here at Learn2 the outcome is delivering amazing training programs that transform teams to produce results. Have each team identify what and how they contribute to the result. Then for advanced groups, ask the team to consider what and how they contribute to allow the other ingredients to be successful.

We all make our cake. Blame the maker.

P.S. Please visit our Save the Titanic program. A great way to build strong teams through a collaborative framework that builds the foundation for future teamwork.



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