Team Building

Office team working

An unusual title for me, maybe. I normally write poetic, esoteric, philosophical stuff. Advocating exploration for its own sake. And talking about love. And you'd be forgiven for thinking that doesn't have much to do with real life, real business, in a real world, with real issues and challenges. But you'd be wrong. It's got everything to do with it. Here's why:

When you believe yourself to be separate, that has implications. Things defining who you are - things you've got, things you need, or want, things you definitely don't want. Happiness dependent on the world, other people, your body, or your thinking showing up a particular way. Yep. Even your thinking. Take away that belief, and you are left with peace, love, freedom, happiness, abundance. Who you are.

Let's take an example.

Businesses spend a lot of time and money on something not in the direct line of business - getting teams to get on, fixing problems in teams, putting structures and rules in place to enforce team work.

And the dreaded team building training. Repeatedly. In my corporate days, there was leadership training, management training, managing your manager training, how to make physically separate offices talk to each other training, building bridges out of Lego training, and several "prisoner's dilemma" games that ended close to violence.

All with one aim. To change how people interact. To create "connection" - better communication, easier working relationships, more efficient projects, more productive meetings. To free up the business to concentrate on business.

Did all those trainings help? Some, for a while. Especially among those who were there the time B nearly punched M (you guessed it, prisoner's dilemma game).

In the end though, all the training really did was reinforce the idea of separation, and of how much effort it takes to try and work round it. And every technique designed to bring people closer together, turned into another activity that bolstered the idea of separation, and proved more of a distraction from actual work.

Imagine, for a moment, what it would mean in that context, for everyone to know they are not separate? A natural alignment with true nature. No longer seeking personal gain, but working for shared goals. With no personal need resting on the outcome. Freedom to commit to a project fully, without fear. No bridge to cross (Lego or otherwise) for two people to talk to each other. Business able to get on with business. Maybe in new and surprising ways, contributing to the greater good.

Scale that up into communities, countries. Can you imagine?

So I'm going to keep doing what I do. Reminding you (and me) who we are. Pointing to a lack of separation. And know this is the most practical thing you can ever see.

With Love,

: Sara

Sara is an Inside-Out coach, supporting you through the ebbs and flows of life.

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