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Team Building 101: The Espresso of Office Efficiency

Posted on Feb 01, 2014 by Solutionreach

Originally posted on Practice Dock website, February 2014
by Amy LaVange

Being the leader isn’t easy.

You can’t just crack the whip and hope your team falls in line. You have to climb down and direct the herd. If some of your team is stumbling around in a drunken stupor, though, even great leadership won’t get you very far. You have to sober them up and rein them back in.

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I genuinely hope your employees aren’t actually drunk. Maybe it’s the people pulling everyone down with bad attitudes, or the ones that don’t believe in and contribute to the common goal. Without a solid team, it’s impossible to have an office that runs efficiently. A few bad beans will spoil the bag, if you know what I’m saying.

Pre-17th century teams had it even worse. They weren’t just figuratively drunk; it was the cultural norm to be essentially inebriated all day, every day.  Alcohol wasn’t the beverage of choice just because they loved booze; drinking water was a downright health risk!

Can you imagine the inefficiency of starting the workday with a stiff drink? How did anything get done with everyone tripping over furniture, lost in their incoherence?

For the sake of progress (and brain cells), something had to change. Luckily, something did.

Around 1650, as massive cultural changes began developing, coffeehouses were born in England – and they were a double threat to inefficiency.

1. The Awakening
A cup of joe did more than just pep people up. They went from depressants to stimulants. That’s more than pep, it’s practically a cognizance revolution.

2. Huddle Housing
Coffeehouses became gathering places where individuals with a variety of backgrounds and insight could collaborate.  Ideas were born. Who knows how many of history’s milestones were conceived in the neighborhood cafe?

Did java huts save society from a lifelong hangover? It’s possible. Half asleep, we’re practically useless. Give us some motivation and a common goal, though, and there’s pretty much no stopping us.

Fast forward to the situation in your practice.

Your office isn’t an enormous corporation. Everyone has a job to do. When one “drunk” isn’t pulling their weight, everyone suffers. Morale drops. Efficiency screeches to a halt.

Like coffee was the catalyst for culture’s sobriety, you need something to change.

Hold on. I’m not suggesting that you replace water coolers with coffee fountains or turn your break room into a Starbucks (though I’m sure my team would be thrilled and more efficient were that change put into place.)

Rather, I’m saying that you need a metaphorical coffee revolution, complete with a metaphoricalin-office coffee hut. So… What is it? How can you motivate a sluggish team? What environment can you create to facilitate communication and cooperation?

Before his career led him to Solutionreach, Brandon Bogar spent many years leading teams in the hospitality industry. Uniting a solid, efficient team that worked toward a common goal was critical.

The goal of the upcoming webinar is to point you in the right direction. While his advice may not bring about another Age of Enlightenment, it just might help you cure the inefficiency hangover caused by a disconnected team.

Editor’s Note: Brandon Bogar will be hosting a PracticeDock Webinar entitled Improving Office Efficiency Through Effective Team Building on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 1pm – 2pm EST.

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