Matt Barnaby

Massive props to my ten-year-old daughter who invented this team appreciation game!

  1. Get a large piece of paper each
  2. Make as many folds as there are team members

3. Cut out a people paper chain like this

https://youtu.be/pocc2DdmrF4

4. Write team members names in the head

5. Write something you appreciate about them across the chest

6. How to share:

  • Hold up and let people read
  • Take a picture and upload it to a shared Miro
  • Stick up on the wall where people can see

No need to comment or analyse, just appreciate the appreciation.

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A short exert from ‘Anything You Want’ by Derek Sivers. Obvious to you, amazing to others.

It’s 1:54 minutes of inspiration nudging us to share our ideas, opinions and creativity, no matter how obvious it might seem to us – it could be amazing to others.

https://youtu.be/xcmI5SSQLmE

I take a great deal from this. I regularly overthink an idea or something potentially creative to the point I gets buried.

I shouldn’t.

Obviously some ideas won’t float but what if one thing does?

What if one idea shared helps some one or some thing some where?

Surely it’s better to put it out there? Surely to not, is selfish?

Happy New Year.

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Not all efforts to create a sense of team need to be strategised, templated or workshopped. Sometimes, it’s the really, really simple things.

At ImpactBasis and Basis, we contribute and share a collaborative Spotify playlist. We get to enjoy each other’s diverse music tastes whilst going about our day as a dispersed team.

For me, this simple thing really helps me to feel connected to my colleagues. It’s on random in the background all day and regularly makes me look up to see who’s on and give kudos to some great music (especially from Max Goodall). It’s things like this that don’t need permission from ‘corporate’, just do it. Little things like this count.

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Matt Barnaby

Matt Barnaby

A person who likes to do great things with great people so that together, we can make a bit of a difference to the world