On a recent business trip, I reconnected with a dear friend that I had not seen in several years. She told me she had ended her personal relationship and was single again. About a year ago, she joined a group of single women mostly over the age of 50 who met once a month for an experience. The purpose of the experience was to literally experience something new and different that would somehow enrich their lives, their understanding of life, and expand their horizons. These were not ‘bucket list’ type of experiences. They were perhaps just one tier below that. For example, the previous week, one of the ladies arranged for tickets to hear a very well known author who was on a book tour promoting his new book. They also arranged to meet with him afterwards for a private Q&A. None of them had ever done anything like this before but all of them found it a very powerful new experience.
As I listened to my friend, I was incredibly impressed and began to wonder why this wonderful concept could not be stolen and applied to married couples, couples in a relationship, a family goal, and best of all, at work within a team.
This week, whether you are an officially designated leader at work or not, I invite you to present this idea to your team as a goal for 2013. Your team should have an experience a month with the same purpose of enriching each other’s lives through the experience. Depending on the size of the team, make one or more people responsible for each month. I encourage you to do during work hours to guarantee attendance. Please note that a team lunch, bowling, or other traditional activities often designated as ‘team building’ ones do not count. The once-a-month experiences have to be something that most of your team have not experience before. I would love to be a fly on the wall at your experiences, or better yet, observe your team the day after.