Respect the silly

silly (adjective): playfully lighthearted and amusing

I’ve been on dozens of teams in the past 15 years. If I plotted them all on a chart with effectiveness on the X axis and silliness on the Y axis, it’d be up and to the right.

It makes sense, right? It takes vulnerability and safety to get comfortable being silly. And it’s fun. These are the ingredients of a jelled team.

The silliness level of a team is a decent proxy for jelling, which is a decent proxy for performance. To get better as a team, get sillier.

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