Editor's Note: The challenges that our teams face are not always ones we select. Sometimes they are thrust upon us, and we have no choice but to do the best we can with the team we have, or give up and suffer the consequences.
The day after my musician friend lost his Broadway gigs because of coronavirus closures, he was hustling. He sold $120 worth of plastic and metal barrels from the dump to a man in East Tennessee. Together, we hosed the insides of the barrels so he could make it to the buyer’s location on time.
Two people doesn’t seem like a team, but these days, it’s all both of us have got. With most of our friends holed up in their apartments in the city and our families self-isolating in towns hours away, our normal support networks have shrunk.
Americans haven’t quite gone through anything like this. We’ve never been told to stay in our homes except for essential travel outside of a really bad snow day. Companies have rarely eliminated their entire workforce overnight, leaving people without jobs. And we’re just now realizing how much we truly rely on others to get through one day.
- We rely on our babysitters to watch the kids while we’re away from work.
- We rely on the grocery store to keep our favorite brand of cereal in stock.
- We rely on our friends to fill our free time with something other than Netflix binges.
- We rely on our coworkers or employees to be in their swivel chairs at 9 a.m. sharp every weekday morning.
There’s nothing we can do alone. If we’re going to get through this period of self-isolation, we’re going to have to start thinking about the teams in our lives: what we need from them and what we can give to them.
To persevere through modified ways of living life and conducting business, we need the collaboration of creative, flexible, and motivated teams. John Maxwell’s Law of Mount Everest explains exactly why we won’t make it through this storm if we aren’t willing to share the sunshine.