Contributor: Kari Heistad, Culture Coach International
In India, in the year 1960, Dashrath Manjhi tragically lost his wife after she slipped and seriously injured herself, because she could not get to the local hospital quickly enough. This galvanized Dashrath, who spent the next 22 years carving, by hand, in his “off hours”, a 360-foot long path through the mountain to the local hospital so that others would not suffer his wife’s same fate.
While the path that Dashrath created was too late to save his wife, his efforts were an opportunity to help others in his village.
On teams, it is important to be willing to invest time into the lives of other team members. We do this by learning about what they need and what obstacles they face and by then offering our assistance.
This investment pays off in greater team cohesion, inclusion, and trust, as well as the removal of obstacles that stand in the way.
Action Step: Invest in your relationships with other team members by getting to know them on a personal level.
- What different points of view to we need to help solve current problems?
- How can we gain a different perspective on our current challenges?
- Can we switch up team members for an assignment to gain a different perspective?
- What team meeting techniques can we use to ensure we are hearing all voices and perspectives? (e.g. each person can speak only 3 times, everyone must before someone can speak a second time etc.)
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