Team Streaks

If you’ve explored streaking, you have been introduced to the benefits of streaking for personal development. The principles of streaking also apply to teams and groups. In fact, the only difference between personal streaks and team streaks is the way they are applied. Laughably simple, carefully recorded, consistent actions will build your families, teams, and communities.

There are at least three methods to consider when creating a streak for your team. The first we will call the “all hands on deck” method. In this method, every member of the team must complete the streak in order for it to count, like a 4 x 100 meter relay in which each member of the team has to carry the baton in order to complete the race. The next method is called the “staying alive” method. In order for this type of streak to work any member of the team can fulfill the terms. This is like the game of keeping a balloon in the air; any person can tap the balloon to keep it up. The final method is the “individual team” method, where the members of the team are each keeping up with the same individual streak. This is like a group fitness class where the participants are all following the same workout plan but are not specifically working together to influence the outcome.

The best thing about each of these methods is that they can be applied to any streak. Let’s take a personal example to illustrate what I mean. Our family has a team streak of writing in our gratitude journal every night. We have chosen to use

the “staying alive” method for our streak. If my husband and I have gone on a date, the kids and the babysitter can write what they are thankful for to keep our streak alive. If we were using the “all hands on deck” method, each of us would write what we were thankful for every night. If we had decided to use the “individual team” method, each of us would have our own journals where we would record our gratitude.

So which method is right for you and your team? You are the best person to determine that; place your streak within each method and consider the benefits. Here are some ideas. Are you trying to build bonds of trust and camaraderie within your team? Then a streak where each person must participate might be the best choice for you. Are you wanting to improve group culture but aren’t positive that you will have buy in from everyone on your team? A streak where anyone can keep it alive may be the answer. Are you hoping to create an environment where your teammates are strengthened from each other’s examples? Then group individual streaks may provide that opportunity.

Consistently completing and recording simple, intentional actions is a development tool not only for individuals, but for groups as well. Each of these methods can help you start reaping the benefits of streaking in your family, congregation, club, or team. Just remember to record your streak, keep it simple, and build the community.

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