Byron's Babbles

Teams Gather

Posted in Educational Leadership, Global Leadership, Leadership, Leadership Development by Dr. Byron L. Ernest on February 11, 2022

Lately they’ve been playing episodes of The Closer on television. In the show, Brenda Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) moved to Los Angeles from Atlanta to head up a squad that handled sensitive, high-profile homicides. She had an interesting personality and clashed with some colleagues, but her skills as a CIA-trained interrogator prove invaluable in obtaining confessions. The real key to the squad’s success, however, is the team. Interestingly, I’ve been doing some training on teams this week. Things like team makeup, improving teamwork, building a better team, and leading teams.

Brenda’s team of six is an interesting blend. They all have unique strengths and personalities – the perfect way to make a team. The other thing I think is cool is how when the team is out in the field or in the office and someone speaks up about something they’ve found, everyone gets up and gathers around. At that point everyone is offering ideas and asking questions. It’s a pretty amazing thing to watch that happen on the show. Brenda was fantastic at utilizing the strengths of the team. My only criticism would be that the show never showed there being any development of the team. Utilizing strengths are important but we don’t want to let our teams get stale or stagnant by failing to create opportunities for them to learn new, different things. So, let’s gather around.

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