“Would you like a pair of slippers Daryl?” “Yes please” I replied. “I packed my own” said Philip, as we each spontaneously burst into a fit of laughter. Our new common practice as Extra Dependent Team (EDT) coaches, meant that our shared repertoire now required the wearing of a pair of slippers. Much better even, if they were your own and transported from a far-flung part of Europe!
“Shared Repertoire” – its not a simple phrase that just rolls off the tongue – that’s for sure. But knuckling down under the watchful eye of our master coach Dave and working through some simple steps together, we came to understand the power of this new-fangled term.
As a new team member, sometimes it’s a little difficult to fit in. My fellow coaches had already been working together for a while, I was the newbie.
We started to explore what we each consistently do across the team. Picking up our markers, the flipchart was quickly filled as we recorded our competencies, processes, jargon, tools, equipment, along with our stories of success and failure. Dave had a new term for all of that too. And then it happened. We recognised that we were much, much stronger together, we were in sync, in one powerful moment, it felt safe with each other. I felt at home.
What does your team have, that others don’t? How do you sync with one another?