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Thu, 01 Dec 2016 22:27:04 +0000Hi Martin, many thanks for that wonderful feedback and for the superb contribution! My goodness! I can still sense the passion, energy and great effort you have invested all along with those choir related teams and I don't think there is an even better metaphor than that one to describe how a healthy friction builds up on that perfect harmony with a common goal: delight the 'client', whoever they may well be! Just brilliant! I like it very much as well how you describe the complexity of teams based on a specific context, whether face to face, to even remote ones, in order to learn how they could play together despite the nuances and complexities in place and still get the job done beautifully. I am certainly going to remember this terrific story to describe how teams can come together if the right conditions are provided and how we could all help out with that as well. Splendid! Surely hope folks may have an opportunity to read your comment above to get some really good ideas, hints & tips, etc. of how they could build their own teams in harmony as a result of that healthy friction you mentioned above as well. Something tells me we would have a much more effective and overall engaged workplace altogether! Thanks a lot, Martin, for dropping by and for the generous contribution! Much appreciated. (image) (image) (image)
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:24:17 +0000I joined my first non-school team in 1957. Yes - 1957. It was a church choir and I have been a member of, or directed, church choirs ever since. All church choirs, even at Kings College, Cambridge, have a range of ages, capabilities and personalities tied together in the common purpose of supporting an act of worship. The role of an orchestra conductor is often used as a metaphor for a team leader, but those who play in orchestras know that it is the Leader of the orchestra who binds the team together. That's why they are called the Leader! Choirs are an order of magnitude more challenging. Sopranos, contraltos, altos, tenors and basses will be singing different notes and even different words at the same time, perhaps in a language they do not speak or read. The role of a choral conductor is to balance friction (inevitable) and their commitment to a common purpose in order to achieve as close as possible to what the composer would have regarded as the perfect performance - if they had still been alive. Friction is inevitable because every member of the choir will have their own view of what that performance should sound like. But I'm sure you will agree there is probably nothing more moving than the sound of a choir working and singing in total harmony. In the words of John Donne "no noise nor silence, but one equal music" The ultimate challenge is yet to come. As an organist I've accompanied choirs in cathedrals in the UK. I can neither see or hear the choir as I may be 40ft above and away from them. I can see the conductor in a monitor but have anticipate what the conductor might do as I have to play ahead of the beat because of the acoustic of the cathedral. Now that is virtual team work! When working with teams I map the members, who I might only have just met, onto a choir 'model'. That enables me to remember names and roles and more importantly I feel very comfortable with the team having run some 8000 previous team events. Perhaps the group from Pharma are the sopranos and the group from Heath Care are the contraltos. I've found that if I feel comfortable the team feels comfortable, and can cope with, and like a choir even value conflict, in order to deliver excellence The moral of this story is that I would encourage people working with teams to map them to a social/external team format they are familiar with. A soccer team or a drama group etc. It works for me. Maybe it will work for you.
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:54:43 +0000Yes Luis I would love your insight on all the things you mentioned, especially about going to other islands. In particular if you would suggest daytrips or going longer. My brother and I are running in the 30km "Starter" race 25 Feb. that's part of the Trans Gran Canaria events. A couple others are coming as well to cheer us on. The week following is Carnival we've realized... (image)
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:44:28 +0000Hi Michael, thanks a lot for dropping by and for the wonderful comments! They are greatly appreciated! This is just terrific news, indeed, because I'm hoping to have several dozens of articles by then shared over here in this blog that will include both places to eat & dine as well as all around activities to consider. And knowing you will be staying over here for 10 days, going to the other islands as well should not be a problem as they are all within 30 minutes (by plane) or 1 hour (by ferry boat), so if you would want to consider hopping over there are tons of good options. If you would want to explore potential options in this regard let me know and I will be more than happy to help out where I possibly can. Thanks again for the lovely feedback and I, too, look forward to sharing further along the other side of life, as you well pointed out, in upcoming blog posts! (image) (image) (image)
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:04:45 +0000Hello Luis, this is fantastic news! Very timely, as I am planning my first trip to the Gran Canaria in February and have been looking for information about what to do/see/eat (and to decide if we should stay on the one island the full 10 days that we have for vacation). I look forward to reading more about the other side of life and experiencing a bit of your love for the island!
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Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:58:19 +0000LOL! I can imagine! I am pretty sure we all may have experienced such endless loops at one point in our careers! The important thing, though, is that we keep going at it, we persevere, to the point where it will eventually happen. At the moment, what we are trying to do is find a crack on the wall that we can use to shake things around and help kick off the transformation process. Finding that crack is always a fun challenge, but, believe me, all systems have it. It's just a matter of time and perseverance to find it and push through the crack(s) itself!
Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:41:57 +0000Thanks Luis, I'm too familiar with the fruitless loop. In London, pitch at the Mayor!