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The best way to build tight relationships is to share a stressful experience or accomplish a great feat together.  Then what can you do with tight relationships? 

Just about anything.

So just don’t talk about teamwork.  Lead a team to make something happen, then you’ll have a great team.  Great – meaning you’ll have built a foundation of tight relationships that enables the team to do the impossible.

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3 Comments

  1. So true about how to build/create tight relationships. So often managers focus on “team-building” activities but are reluctant to go after a bold goal or as you put it, a great feat. They hold back and take the safe route and the team is never challenged to do anything difficult or great. In fact, the group may often never become a real “team”.

  2. Thanks for the comment Craig. Now I have proof that I have a reader. And that motivates me to write more. There’s so much to learn from each other.

    Yes, the real ‘team building’ exercises are when what you produce really matters – there’s actually some risk and stress involved. Then, when you come through it together, you’ve bonded at a deeper level.

    Now I’m looking for your blog to comment on. Someone who is actually a talented writer.

  3. I think this lines up with Seth’s comment in the book ‘Tribes’—you do not need permission to lead. Just get out and do something, and folks who want to be led will follow you.


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