The Element: Chapter 14

YOUR MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT……The Bowery

Test Drive led the way toward a heavy wooden door that took both Rusty and T back a few years, twenty-five to be specific. In 1993, they were a young couple on their honeymoon, exploring the Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, Michigan. They remembered walking through this very door, wondering what future they would create together? Instead of focusing too deeply on what could be, they lived in the moment of what it meant to spend a few hours in what was then called The Bowery.

Team Leader: Freelance
Point-Man: Test Drive
First Defense-Man: Rusty
Second Defense-Man: Coach
Rear Security: T

The Bowery 1

Rusty looked to the left of the door and saw another familiar sign, the Jolly Pumpkin.  His mind quickly jerked back from the past, focused on the present and how the world is forever in flux, ever changing, where memories hold the familiar that does not necessarily stay the same.

“Another sign to let us know that we must be accepting of change,” Rusty said.T gasped at the sign and said, “change is upon us, and I was so looking forward to their specialty whitefish dip.

The Bowery 3

The name had changed, but the bones of the establishment was left as it had been for years, except for the numbered beer mugs that hung from the rafters for people that were serious about their beer. Test Drive carefully scanned the bar area and took up a seat at a high top table.

The Bowery 2

“We were able to document the main roles that make up and support the Element, an elite 5-Man Team, at our last meeting,” Freelance said. “This meeting will be lead by the team Point-Man, which has Test Drive rotating into this position. With that said, let’s get to it.”

Test drive handed each member of the team an index card. Being fond of the visual reminders to get the team going into the right direction based upon the Mission Casino categorization requirement for their current mission.

The Bowery 4

“The Club defines the glue that holds the team together,” Test Drive said. “I am using glue as analogy for the bare minimum of process that will define how an Element interacts together.”

Test Drive turned over his index card and wrote the word Leapfrogging on back of it.

“Leapfrogging is critical, allowing each team member to have an equal opportunity to perform each of the five team roles,” Test Drive said. “I am in the Point-Man role, which allows me the freedom to define the meeting location that provides a setting that heightens the meeting experience. This meeting, for example, is a walk down memory lane for Rusty and T, because 25 years together might just lend some insight into the super-duper gorilla glue that is necessary for long term team relationships.”

“We keep moving in a forward direction by taking turns,” Rusty said.

“We also stay away from negative people,” T added. “They have a problem for every solution, a quote from Albert Einstein. Just as my husband stated, we have learned to search for the positive in each other, and it keeps our minds in a positive mindset. When one of us is feeling down, the other supports in a Leapfrogging method.”

“Exactly,” Rusty said. “Relationships reap what they sow. What you think, say or act upon will produce more of the same. If you are focused upon being positive, you will find more of it. Unfortunately the same is true of a negative focus.”

“The direction is either an upward or downward spiral,” T said. “Life is a moving target, and you are free to choose the direction. Just realize that it never stays the same, just like the ownership of one of my favorite establishments that we are visiting today.”

“Powerful, “ Test Drive said. “I was hoping for the team to gain from this experience, and it looks like it paid off.”

“Leapfrogging also creates an opportunity to cross train in the case where we operate without the full compliment of our membership,” Coach said. “Probably one of the most critical concerns is the effective use of time, and the need to continually move in a forward direction. Even with three or four of us are together, we can still get something done.”

“Leapfrogging creates an atmosphere of regular participation, engaging the entire team with a duty, a role, a purpose to be present,” T said. “There is no such thing as multi-tasking, but a focus to get the job done. Make the most of the time spent, and use each meeting as an affirmation.”

“OK,” Test Drive said. “What about the roles? We know the Point-Man briefs the team on an intelligence item of their strength and choosing that will support the mission.”

“One addition,” Rusty said. “They get to perform the final documentation on the meeting because they are probably the most knowledgeable on the topic.”

“What about the function of the First and Second Defense-Man?” Test Drive asked.

“They make sure the Point-Man has full attention, and not interrupted while on the defense,” Coach said. “They also provide content to the discussion after the Point-Man has  completed the briefing.”

“How does the Rear Security position function?” Test Drive asked.

“Rear Security is second-in-command, covering for the Team Leader in their absence, and responsible for overall meeting timing,” T said. “They also try to take an overall look at the subject and provide additional insight not covered by the Defense-Man positions.  Speaking of timing, our meeting time is up.  I see they still have the whitefish dip on the menu, which is a must try.”

You are on the team, so please comment on this issue to add additional experiences that can be drawn from to create a solid project definition.

AS ALWAYS, SHOULD YOU OR ANY OF YOUR TEAM BE CAUGHT, THE CULTURE SPY WILL WRITE ABOUT YOUR HUMANIZING ACTIONS TO HELP OTHERS.  THIS SITE WILL NOT SELF DESTRUCT, BUT OUR EFFORTS HERE WILL GROW A GROUP OF FUTURE CULTURE SPIES, SO GOOD LUCK ON YOUR MISSION!

 

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