Get your bit of the “A-Team”
You normally get the A team, the B team, the C team, the D team…and you get the “A-Team”. Yep you may have guessed it, Hannibal, Faceman, B.A. Baracus and Mad Murdoch! If you don’t know them Prof. Google will help you out. So the heck what? You’ll enjoy this…
There is a bit of fun and a whole lot of serious in the analogy I want to draw today. Think for a moment what we mean when we refer the ranking of teams. Mainly we focus on skillset that is executed at various levels. Some teams will be better than others, maybe because they have members that are more versed in a certain methodology or knowledge base than those in the next team down the rankings, and so on. So they are all more efficient at applying their knowledge and skills, right?
It is expected that they will do the same thing over and over until they get really good at it. More often than not they will practice the plan so committedly simply because ‘that is the right thing to do’, and therein lies the problem. What if it is another thing that needs to be done? Well then you won’t know would you.
Enter the “A-Team”! Beloved characters from the ‘80’s TV series. Gang busting, gung-ho, rough and ready with a chuckle and a plan up the sleeve, these guys were good entertainment! But what made then so successful in conquering the bad guys and gals every week? A tiny bit of analysis will reveal an astonishing amount of value.
Here’s the ‘so what’ of the “A-Team”:
- They were actually Special Forces before they went private. Worthwhile noting that one of the key principles of training Special Forces troops to this day entails at first drilling them in the basics or warfare. They are then taken way beyond the form and structure of warfare. Eventually they are brought into a mental space where these soldiers are taught the value of teamwork, innovation, pragmatic action, self-reliance, endurance and freedom that goes seemingly against the expectations of normal soldiers. And then they are entrusted with the most difficult and challenging tasks one can imagine.
- They were a team. Looking at each member of the “A-Team” one is struck by the very diversity. Hannibal the schemer, Faceman the slick charmer, Bad Attitude (B.A.) Baracus the irritable muscle man and the truly Mad Murdoch. Yet, in spite of their differences they trusted each other implicitly in the fight, and in the preparation for the fight. They had very different skillsets but they were complementary and very loyal. And you could always expect someone else to come up with the crazy brilliant plan that saved the day!
- They were innovative to the core. Never with too much money, they had to make do with welding things together and coming up with some amazing designs during the course of their adventures. They always had to out think their opponents. It was never easy, but the always came away with the outcome.
- They had high moral and ethical standards. If one follows the story of the “A-Team” one is struck by the way in which they maintained their inner compass in the midst of some very trying circumstances. They fought for the underdog, exposed corrupt officials and stood for what they believed in.
All of these factors made the “A-Team” the winning team. Not just being good and following the rules. But being able to evaluate a problem and come up with the most effective way of solving it in an honest and robust way.
Now if you want to meet a modern day, IT focused and New Zealand aware equivalent then you should give us a call.