Birds in Flight

In my opinion, one of the most amazing things to see in nature is when hundreds of birds, without seemingly any visible notice, entirely shift their direction on a dime. They are organized, fluid, and are operating in a perfect representation of a team. This reminds me of the time I spent being a part of a Ranger platoon conducting operations. Months of having your “nose to the grinding wheel” both mentally and physically, all the while personally learning, taking newer men into the platoon, team, and squad; getting them ready for combat and to be a functioning member of the team.

There were months of demanding work leading up to a deployment, where we were able to operate together, to learn from each other’s mistakes and experiences. We ended up being able to move fluidly without a lot of needing to say, “do this” or “do that” – it was just done. The best way to describe this type of team is that they are not reactionary to the environment, but acting on their environment, completely in control of their own destiny.

This raises a question; what kind of team would you like to be a part of? What type of team would you go to battle with? This question applies whether you are in the military or in a civilian business. Would you rather be a part of a team that is reactionary, needing to be guided, prodded and constantly needing to replace people because they are not the right fit for the role? Or, would you rather go to battle with a team where everyone was in the right spot, and you were operating fluidly, acting on your teams’ environment?

Picking the right people, who fit and are aligned with not only the job role but the organization as well, is imperative to the success of the team, division, and company. Are you hiring the people you want to go to battle with?

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