Tribal Leadership Summary


What if you could go to work every single day and work on something that lit a fire in your heart? What if everybody had the same passion and drive that you had? What if YOU could make the different between a workplace where everybody was out for themselves to a workplace where a true team environment flourished? What if, rather than platitudes and nice words, you were given a roadmap to make this happen?  The biggest payoff in this book is how to go from a Stage 3 Tribe (getting results but acts like a collection of individuals) to a Stage 4 Tribe (a group united by a purpose and shared values).

Here’s my challenge to you: don’t wait. Starting today, make a commitment to be the person that starts the transformation. Here’s what you can do next to make it happen:

1. Watch the video summary preview above.

2. Take on one of the 3 challenges below right now. Leave a comment and us know what you are doing, and when you’ll do it by. There are studies that prove that if you decide what to do, determine when and where you’ll do it, and let somebody else know that you’ll do it, you are 95% more likely to get it done.

3. Tell at least one other person what you are intending to take on this week.

If there’s anything I can do to help you put your actions into motion, send and email to steve (at) polarunlimited (dot) com.  I’d love to hear from you.

Challenge #1: Build a “triadic relationship”

One of the things that separates a Stage 4 tribe from a Stage 3 tribe is the building of what the authors call “triadic relationships”, which essentially means that the relationship is built between 3 people.  If you’ve ever been to a networking party, you’ll probably remember seeing the “networking jerk” who walks around finding as many people to tell his story to as possible.  That’s a person interested in building a two-person relationship.  However, you might have also seen somebody who was just as busy “working the room”, but always had two other people around them (if you didn’t see this, look closer next time).  These people are essentially great at bringing people together around shared values and interests.  Note: this is different than just doing an “introduction” over email - the powerful part is that you are there participating in the conversation.

Action: find two people who you know have shared values and interests, and set a date for the three of you to get together.

Challenge #2: Assign a challenge that can’t be done by one person alone.

Another thing that separates Stage 4 Tribe from a Stage 3 Tribe is that people in Stage 4 tribes work to get things done with other people.  Most people in Stage 3 tribes are working at a fairly high level, but they are working at individuals.  One way you can start to make the move into Stage 4 Tribe is to get people working together.  This will force them to start building those triadic relationships we just talked about (you, the person you assign the task to, and the person he/she recruits to help).  What you’ll see is a completely different level of results and collaboration.

Action: find one person who is ready for a larger challenge and give them an assignment they can’t possibly finish on their own.

Challenge #3: Explore your “noble cause”.

Tribes that have shared values and a common purpose perform better than those that don’t - period.  There are many ways you can start exploring your nobel cause, but here’s one way that will get the wheels turning right away.  If you ask yourself and your team the following 4 questions below, you’ll get a great assessment of your current situation and what your team’s (or your own) aspirations are for the future.  Within that will be some great hints around what your nobel cause could be.

1.  What’s working well?

2.  What’s not working?

3.  What else can we do to make the things that aren’t working, work?

4.  Is there anything else?

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  • Pam Fox Rollin
    Hey, Steve!
    I loved the TED talk, and now you have me excited about the book.

    As for action, #1 is one of my favorites. @nilofer could tell you about the time I introduced her over lunch with @tinambean, not realizing the two lived across the street from each other and were great friends already! :-) Of course, we had a lovely conversation and many since.

    So, yes, I'll take on doing another of these this month. I have just the 2 people in mind...

    Keep the good stuff coming, Steve!

  • Pam - great story! I'm sure @nilofer had a good laugh at that one. Good luck with the coffee/lunch/whatever you'll do!
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