Last Thursday I had the pleasure of seeing a really great team’s hard work of pay off. I have been planning a public launch party for Data Basin for the last six months with a team that made it seem easy even though there was plenty of hard ground work behind the scenes. Back in May I had asked Keen Footwear if they would be interested in hosting the event. Data Basin’s scope and mission was a natural fit for Keen’s HybridLife and Hybrid.Care programs.
After securing Keen as a partner in the launch, we had several months of thrashing. Like any successful project, thrashing is essential to come up with a good program as well as successful outcomes. Often it is seen as a time waste or wheel spinning. Multiple revisions and sidesteps are needed to arrive at the best decisions.
When the week of the event arrived, with a solid event schedule, great guest list and logistics all arranged, we found ourselves surprised how little was left to do. We were left with the task of executing the event.
As I reflect on the buildup, from the time I asked Keen to partner with us, thrashing through the program development, and the execution, I have concluded that it’s success was due to a well-developed and suited team. Each person was working in their area of greatest strength. My job was to connect and engage, to be the glue. I would have messed things up if I had stepped too much into the category of content or logistics. Yes, I had plenty to offer in those areas, but I also made sure that I did not get in the way. Partly what I am learning is that a team needs to allow members to run with a task and release control. If they are competent and reliable then the outcome will be good.
One thing I am sure of. I am looking forward to doing the next event with the same team. We are already planning it!