By: Andy Levitt
You know when something is working really well? Almost too well? Like you want to pinch yourself because you feel like you're in a snowglobe made of unshatterable organic plastic?
In my career, I've noticed a small few in leadership positions taking note of the psychology that makes up a good team. Normally, leadership asks "Why is that a high performing team?" And they define 'high performing' in terms of profit margin. Sadly, as you may recall from my last blog post, I don't speak finance so this doesn't quite resonate with me.
I do, however, speak collaboration. And I've been lucky enough to unearth colleagues who've added unmistakeable value and complimentary skill sets to my own.
High performing teams are made up of people who are smart, come prepared, enjoy a challenge, and - guess what? - even like each other. They get close. They get uncomfortable. They fight. They scare others around them. To paraphrase Seth Godin, "they're the ones making dents."
And they are usually the ones that walk away with higher understanding that solid relationships are something about which to be proud.
They consider themselves to be 'partners in crime'.
I did a little research on the origin of 'partners in crime' - and i found a lot of returns. My favorite one was: The first episode of the fourth series of British science fiction television series Doctor Who.
In all seriousness, a partner in crime is someone who collaborates in the development of the plot. They're an accessory, even a henchman.
They are the kind of people that are so infectious, so genuine and authentic with the way they handle business and themselves. Who wouldn't want to partner with them?
Everyday, between our offices in Boston and Philadelphia, its like we have a virtual high-five. The phones are ringing, our email is overflowing, and we just can't stop smiling about how much we've accomplished in a business day.
We're working together to make a better something. It's an exciting process to be able to help footprint, and every day seems to just get better.
Andy and I talk a lot about the future of HealthTalker. And you know what? We want to build it with criminals. Who's in?