It was great chatting with experiential adventure educator Shawn Stratton this week. As the author of Teams on the Edge – Stories & Lessons from Wilderness Expeditions, Shawn has lead more than 200o days of wilderness expeditions in some of the world’s harshest environments all over the world. This may beg the question, “Why??!”
Following his innate passion for the outdoors and his love for adventure, Shawn seeks to shrink his messages for leadership into bit-sized messages that we can all apply to our own lives.
One tip I especially liked, was that to be a great part of a team (work, family, community) know your role, do your role and ATS – and then some! If we all did at little more, ‘and then some,’ I think our quality of life and relationships would vastly improve.
As one who is always in search of the next adventure, I liked how Shawn defined it…It wouldn’t be an adventure if you knew what the end would be.
Kind of like life, isn’t it – one BIG adventure!
You can listen to our whole CJOB radio interview here: Shawn Stratton and Stephanie Staples on Your Life, Unlimited and enjoy Shawns guest blog post here:
Do you know what you are doing?
It has been said that a team is only as strong as its weakest member, but beyond that, does each member of your team know what is expected of them? No high-performance team is worth its weight if the members who make up the team don’t understand their role and have clear expectations. Flight attendants ensure that those in the exit row are aware of, understand, and agree to their role of helping in the event of an emergency. Just the same, as the team leader, lay out roles and expectations of team members prior to take-off. Leaders don’t exist outside of their team, first and foremost they are a part of the team because there would be no team without them, and second to that, they lead. Therefore, it is the role of the leader to model the behavior they expect of their members by first knowing and understanding their leadership role and then making member roles clear to each individual.
Whatever analogy you choose to liken a team to, a well-oiled machine, a body made up of many parts, the point is, each member and role is crucial to the success of the whole. Whether your role is preparing the meal, handling logistics, or administering aid to a hurt team member, your role exists on the team because it is important and vital to the pursuit of a goal. Know your role and the roles of others so you can stay in your lane and allow others to perform to the best of their ability without interference. Once you fully understand your role, expectations, the roles of others, and the common goal, fully commit and occupy your role with pride.
Having a goal as a team and as an individual member allows everyone to track progress and to easily pinpoint areas that may need help or attention. Clear goals and roles force members to be accountable for their actions and inactions; when role clarity exists, no team member can say they didn’t know what was expected of them. Want to ensure your high-performance team begins successfully? Take the time to make certain roles are known and understood.
Again, the podcast of the show is here: Shawn Stratton and Stephanie Staples on Your Life, Unlimited
Keep enjoying your adventure! Steph 🙂
* Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), conferred by the National Speakers Association is the speaking profession’s international measure of professional platform proficiency. Less than 10 percent of speakers have earned this credential and are recognized as some of the best in their fields. Stephanie was one of only five professional speakers in Canada (and the only woman) to attain this designation in 2013.