When a group of people come together, their different Archetypal Blueprint™ types start to play against and with each other. This is particularly true in the pressure cooker environment of business. When things are going well, these archetypes work together in harmony. When one or two of the archetypes of the people of the group are out of balance, difficulties will arise.
The best teams are the ones where the various Archetypal Blueprint™ types complement each other. This doesn’t necessarily mean that everything is perfect. Sometimes a little bit of friction is good in a team, provided that the friction is under control. In my experience coaching teams, the ones who succeed are the ones whose energy flows around each other, strengthening strengths and reinforcing weakness.
This requires practice. It is incredibly rare, almost impossible, that a group of people will come together and immediately work like a well-oiled machine. People have to get to know each other’s Archetypal Blueprint™ type. They need to learn likes, dislikes, and what can rub someone the wrong way. A team who really knows each other is more likely to be a team that can work smoothly.
Sometimes, there will be harsh clashes of energy between individuals. In cases like this, it is best to temporarily remove those people from the team and figure out how to handle the situation. As a leader, it is your job to talk to them and figure out the source of the clash. Sometimes, it can be as simple as finding out that one person ate the other’s lunch that day by accident. Other times, it can be far more serious.
Building a team with complementary Archetypal Blueprint™ types is kind of like painting a picture. A painter needs a multitude of different colors that work together to form a beautiful work of art. As a leader, you need a variety of different people, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, to come together and form your team. It can be difficult and requires practice. But when you finally manage to “merge” everyone’s Archetypal Blueprint™ types and have them working in perfect balance, you will know and it will have all been worth it!
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