Each week as part of our Thursday Thoughts series of blogs, we’ve been taking a look at how we can be the best possible version of ourselves.  This week we are focussing on how we go about getting into the benefits of buddying up!

Buddying up with likeminded people can be hugely beneficial in our personal and professional lives, after all, there are very few successful people who have achieved results on their own.  These people often form partnerships with likeminded colleagues and have shared ambitions and objectives.  They park their egos and accept guidance all the while bringing more people into the fold to widen their knowledge, understanding and experience.

Athlete, Steve Backley, describes here how his goal orientated team lead him to success:

“My team in the run-up to 2004 Olympic final was 13 strong. I had a dream team of medical, technical, tactical, nutritional and physiological support that I trusted.  Every member of the team knew their role and that of each other. The quality of that team was ultimately the backbone of my success.  It was a different team dynamic to that on a rugby pitch or even a relay but one that exists in many working environments, in that you will be judged as a team, despite how your specific input has affected the rest of the team.  The most important quality was that there was pride within the team that I trusted and believed in every member – and their decisions were aligned to the same common goal”.

By surrounding himself with those whose goals were the same as his, Steve created a healthy environment for growth where trust was built as they worked together.

Knowing the most productive place for you within your team is also vital.  Here is an example :-

Last year a newly developed acapella group enlisted the help of a professional singer/vocal coach.  Their dilemma was that although they had found their individual ranges and abilities, the good sound they achieved was not consistent.  With experience and an understanding of what the group wished to achieve, the coach was able to solve the problem in a simple but effective way.  The solution was that for some styles of music the group needed to stand in one formation and for others that formation needed to change.  This enabled the singers to hear when to adjust their own sound to create the best outcome.  

Needless to say all ‘egos’ and ‘inner divas’ were left at the door, for had one group member wanted all the glory, an imbalance and lack of trust would have been created within the team.

So there you have it, go forth and find some buddies to drive your ambition forwards.

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