A Question of Sport, that iconic light-hearted BBC sporting quiz show is now, incredibly, nearing its 50th birthday. I’m sure we all have our favourite sporting giant as team captain, from Emlyn Hughes, desperately trying not to hug HRH Princess Anne, to giggling Willie Carson & now Phil Tufnell, who just seems high on life.
The team members are all experts in their field, whilst the captains all seem to do their homework to ensure they bring a breadth of knowledge across multiple sports. However good they are as individuals though, they have to work together as a team to win and to ensure they, the audience and the viewers have fun and were part of something entertaining. It’s a team game.
I met a former colleague a few weeks ago, he’d been part of a 100+ programme team I’d led and we shared some memories about the good old days, including the monthly all team meeting. His memories of it were really positive, he laughed at my patience in continually asking individuals on audio to “please go on mute”, but he’d actually enjoyed them!
We’ve all been in these “box-ticking exercise” team meetings, that drag on for 60 minutes (or maybe 65 minutes because the boss is running late), meetings with little energy, enthusiasm or new information. There are people doodling or checking their phones in the room and we know full well that those on the phone are doing their emails and not paying attention.
My former colleague and I explored what had made that monthly get-together something to look forward to and simply put, we realised that making them a team game worked! So how can you turn up the dial and improve the engagement scores of your team meetings?