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Community Tribes can change the world – or just party.

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Background

There are a number of community organisations around the world that have come together as groups, in many cases shown leadership but for many, fall down as to creating that strong tribe to create positive change in their community.

Groups like Rotary, Lions, JCI (Jaycees) APEX, Kiwanis and others were created mainly to make positive change in their communities. Most of these organisations are over 100 years, many formed from the Midwest of the USA and they have all changed our communities for the better at a World, National and Local level. Be it specific projects to reduce polio, raising funds for individual nets to reduce malaria deaths or developing leadership in members and youth in their communities.

The positive feeling across members as they grow as individuals, as they complete projects that raise awareness or repair fences for farmers after a devastating bush fire, create those bonds that describe a Tribe. All are working together, as the community as part of that Tribe to make a better world. They do it in many cases at great cost to themselves, cost in time and financially for some at a detriment to their families.

They are looking to create a better world for themselves, their communities and longer term for their extended families and they have found that working together as a Tribe, so all members can feel they have contributed and all gain those positive feelings of change agents, creates a better organisation.

Tracy front coverWhat do I mean by Tribes. In my co-authored best selling book with business guru Brain Tracy – Ignite You Life and further expanded in my book – Business Tribes. Turbocharge Your Circle of Influence, for profit. these concepts are expanded. In my first blog What is a Business Tribe? they are outlined a little.They are groups that have progressed beyond the formation of teams, held together by stronger bonds that are created when ALL the members gain from that interaction. Individual members/actors /nodes may be people or things, and they in turn will be in different Tribes that are all interlinked together. By having these strong bonds, the subsequent Tribes of members will also be influenced or influence the initial Tribe, if those bonds are strong and based on respect and benefits of all tribal members. Sorry long winded but when understood is a powerful tool for any organisation or business.

Download free book at – Ignite Your Life with Business Tribes.

Challenge

However there are dark clouds on the horizon for all of these organisations and most are running around trying to find solutions for decreased membership, for lack of direction and reduced relevancy to the community that they are trying to work with to make positive change.

Observation at a local level, from push at Regional, National and International levels, is that BIG is good. The focus has seen to shift from what assistance as part of the community – or as the community as part of their Tribe, to Membership is great or we always need more members.  These groups in many areas of the world have be come membership creation organisations, rather than World Change Agents. True they still have being change Agents as part of their mantra and many individuals want to and work towards making change, but the focus of these groups at all levels seems to have shifted their priority to membership.

Membership numbers are critical and are needed to make the changes and activity to work with the community to assist that global change, however membership for membership growth is not a long term solution. To change the focus from having the community as part of the Tribe of the organisations, to understand the members of that community on why and hoMembership-Management-300w they need assistance to change – to being separate and fun and friendship as reason for joining the organisation, changes these organisations backward to teams and groups.

As Teams they are being challenged as the leaders who take it in turns to be the official leaders every year have less and less individuals to step up to be leaders to help them or to be future leaders. So older leaders are relied on to lead these followers to the ideals of the organisations – but they are getting older. The followers are either happy just to be a follower, not think too much and want to be part of the group or team, but they are retired and happy just to enjoy the companionship of the group. They feel positive when the group achieves things and will even help to achieve it, but feel its not their place to lead. Others are just happy to be part of the fellowship, to gain some friends, to have somewhere to go outside their home and feel part of a bigger picture.

Organisations then change the rules that created the strong tribal bonds in the initial development of these groups, so they can increase membership – not necessarily as strong or committed members and in some cases diluted those bonds that are critical to develop Community Tribes. Some organisational change was to suit the times and were forced on those organisations. Many organisations like Rotary, Lions and JCI were started just with males and later were forced or decided to admit ladies as full members. While being positive for many ladies, the organisations changed from the original concepts and different bonds had to be created. Some of those bonds were how outside Tribes, particularly family tribes and friend tribes then viewed this changed organisation.

Organisations like Rotary and Lions reduced the process of membership. These organisations brought together leaders in the community, people who had achieved, with experience and contacts so they could create activity and solutions for the community. They were leaders and were members of these organisations to change the community in a positive way.  However in the focus just to get members, they reduced the age and invited young people with little knowledge, little experience and little networking to boost the numbers. This process was not only bad for these organisations as it diluted the leadership it was poor for the young member as they could not learn and create networks with people in their own age life development.

Other organisations have been formed (Green Movements etc…) , while others have waned (Chambers of Commerce and some Industry groups). True many community Tribes have had to change to meet the changing needs of potential members, but also the community needs as a whole. Scouts also changed to allow girls to be members at all levels and changed dynamics for families, the boys and particularly the leaders. APEX increased membership age to 45, giving a spurt for a period

For organisations that have a time period to cease membership – Scouts, Rural Youth, APEX and JCI to name a few, there is little recognition of Alumni Tribes. This is a part of another blog and book, but this powerful resources for Community Tribes in many cases are ignored or the Alumni Tribe is negative influence on the Community Tribe, as they look to achievements in the past.

I am not making any judgement on these changes, just an observation that there are changes and the original bonds between nodes/actors or members have changed, creating a vacuum to create new relevant bonds and the resultant focus has been on these, rather than the ideals that formed these groups in the first place. Further, members think that the ceremonies and process are the things that created these bonds and these have become more important than the results at a macro level of the organisation. However these ceremonies and processes that were fine for the potential members in the past, may be a barrier for potential members in 2016.

Solution

New authored book

New authored book

In my new book, Business Tribes. Turbocharge Your Circle of Influence, for profit, I outline the concepts of Business Tribes and how you can use these solutions to gain members with Community Tribes. I will have a follow up book specifically for Organisations published on Amazon by September that has these steps in much more detail.

Step (1) Understand what Tribes these organisations are dealing with.

There are many Tribes that influence organisations, some directly and oters indirectly by influencing the members of those organisations. All of these tribes need to be understood if the Organisation is to become relevant to the lives of these particular members. One of the challenges of larger organisations is that they are trying to be a homogeneous entity that will satisfy the best fit for as many members it can and end up not satisfy many. A better solution may be to have many parts that better satisfy individual members  and potential members.

  • Current membership. These are the main Tribes that are seen by strategists within organisations. What can we do to make our organisation better for our members? In many ways a short sighted strategy as they fall into the trap that it is about people – but the people are the result of the relevancy of the product to meet the perceived problems of individuals who are or then want to become members. One member in that equaton is the community or the oveall reason for being of that organisaion. In a Tribe ALL members benefit, so there needs to be programs and activities so this occurs. Just partying or having good times may be fun, however not everyone has the same idea of fun or they can party with other friends elsewhere – and the community or other non member nodes in the tribe do not gain the benefits.

This Tribe needs to look at the 7 P’s of marketing as a guide to programs and processes.

7 P's of Marketing

7 P’s of Marketing

              Product   – Are the programs and activities right for the members and potential members. What are the problems that this organisation has solutions too. If the organisation is primarily concerned for training individuals for leadership in the community for the future i.e. Rover Scouts, Rural Youth, JCI, Leo’s, Rotaract etc… are they offering training or trying to “fit” them into mainstream organisations like Rotary or Lions just to bolster numbers or because the current members are older and not so active.

                Price            – Is the price to be a member too high. Not just in the form of money, but also in time and focus. The world is a different place than 30 years ago and potential members may be time poor and cannot afford the time or money to be members. Weekly meetings, plus activities on weekends may be difficult, especially for younger potential members concentrating on education, work and family development.

                  Place           – Is the location of these activities easy for tribal members to interact and develop strong bonds together. Is face to face meetings the only solution, can things be done online, across locations, even countries to bring people together. Are the face to face meetings in a location that enhances those bonds and brand values of the individuals or organisations – or is it a quick drink in a pub.

                 Promotion         –  Is the organisation telling the world that they have solutions to the problems of potential members. Are they using the most efficient media including online media to engage with potential members, are they romancing them, giving solutions before they “sign up”. In many cases organisations have a focus on short term signing a new member, rather than creating an atmosphere of showing and giving benefits. Have blogs and training online for everyone. Have activities for the community (they are a tribal members don’t forget) Show your solutions an din time they will sign up.

These are the major P’s and often referred to the 4 P’s of marketing, however there are 3 more that also need to be understood to create a strong organisational environment.

                 People                   – Often referred to the employment of employees working within your business, however in a membership organisation it is refers to the leadership of the group and the type of member that you are inviting to join your organisation. Many organisations have a One Year To Lead – leaders are around in positions for 1 year, however if managed correctly they are in leadership groups (or Tribes) for more than that, learning, leading and influencing the outcomes fo rthe Tribe. Understanding whom you wish to invite into the Tribe can influence the long term outcomes fo rthe Tribe. Do you invite anyone just to get numbers up this year to win an award, do you invite people you like because partying is really important or do you look to target individuals who will work and act to assist others and create new bonds between members – to develop the Tribe.

                   Physical Environment –  In a business sense its the location, the dress smart, the web presences, those things that portray your brand values to the world. Is it professional, does it show your brand as a solution to their problems, is it a group that they wish to stand their personal brand with – or is it a party group that just meets and looks to have a good time. Is the group filled with individuals who are just trying to sell things or find a partner, is the web presence professional and offering those things that potential members feel special about or a continual sell to become a member.

             Process     – In many organisations this is an area that is not understood as a barrier to membership as to current members, it is the organisation. The ritual that we did 300 years ago is what we are about (Masons), its tradition and potential members have to accept it. The Creed is the central core of our existence and must be recited at every meeting (JCI), developed only 40 odd yeas ago it could be said this organisation was about process rather than learning outcomes for future leaders. Drinking is part of our culture (Rural Youth) fun and friendship should be part of the formation of bonds – but having drinking as a central part of the culture reduces the opportunity of good members. Raising money by having a fine session (Skal, Lions and Rotary) may be a bit of fun, but can reduce those bonds as people are humiliated for a laugh and fund raising – not very professional. Just because a process has become part of the culture, does not mean its right for the times now.

Other Tribes that are needed to be understood of current and potential members include ; Family Tribes, Friends Tribes, Alumni Tribes, Work Tribes,  and Community Group Tribes – all individual papers in future blogs. Alumni Tribes especially can be a positive resource for an organisation, or a barrier to new members and change and renewal of the same organisation.

Step (2) ENGAGE with these Tribes.

With an understanding of what Tribes are and the individual Tribes an Organisation and members are dealing with, there can be a plan to engage with those Tribes. It should be long term, as if you are romancing them – not a quick one night stand, not just to get hem to sign on the dotted line for 1 year membership. Its about long term engagement and solutions for all the challenges of all the Tribal members, especially those of community or other organisations. It should be in a form of excitement and in a manner that they are not being stalked or just a number. You need to GIVE more than you ask for – could be free training, free activities, look at personal development of individuals BEFORE you ask them to join. Should be in a manner that is convenient for the potential new person – not the editor. Blogs, online forums, newsletters, ebooks are all easy to manage programs that give to make the potential members feel important. 2 way communication is critical, have a process so they can communicate back, ask questions have input in a safe way. From that strong bond will come a new member, a long term member.

Step (3) Maintain these Tribes.

Once you have your member the process does not stop there. You need to continue programs and processes that enhance their membership, that continually engages and have a 2 way communication. Like any marriage you don’t stop the romancing once you are married – continually make them feel special and they will reciprocate. That’s the development of tribal bonds, then the focus will become on those members like the community who will gain the benefit of the Tribe. Don’t become a “Lets get membership” organisation. Membership is an outcome of good organisations and relevant programs – not continuing to ask new people to join.

Step (4) Profit from the tribal process or how to gain members.

From the creating of Tribal bonds and being relevant in a way that develops long term relationships between members, people will join. When organisations can show that they appreciate members, that the outcome of the organisation is the solutions to members and potential members problems, they will join. When barriers to membership are appreciated from membership of other Tribes, i.e. Family, Work and friend Tribes and solutions to membership that take these other bonds into account, they will join. When you are seen as a dynamic organisation that understands WHY you are here and not just a try hard to get membership organisation, they will join.

Step (5) How to Turbo Charge your organisation

This is the exciting bit. Once your members understand that the focus of the organisation is on them, the outcomes of solutions to their problems and they are respected, they will become advocates for your organisation. Not just to their family and friend tribes, but to other tribes of work tribes, could be School tribes, Parent and Friend Tribes and other community group Tribes. The last one could be critical as with an understanding that your organisation is a positive one that is their for the betterment of the tribal members – individuals and community, can lead to other organisations supporting their members to join yours – from theirs. Rover Scouts, Leo’s, Rotaract, Rural Youth (I was a member of most of these) all have an age out age. If they moved directly into say Rotary and Lions, not only does it change the dynamics of the original meaning of the organisation (Using leaders to make change in the community) but it is not fair on the young person looking to develop themselves, develop their networks and tribes who are going through the same challenges they are – work, family, relationships, education.

If there is a relationships between Community Tribes, these young people can be part of Tribes that offer relevant programs and Tribal Bonds that assist these members to develop themselves. Groups like JCI, APEX and others have programs for  persons in these age groups, aging out at 40 and 45 respectively. This gives them a time to develop those persona, leadership and community skills to be greater effective members for those later groups – Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis etc… and not only become members in a natural flow of “groupies” but longer term and much more effective members.  That in turn creates an better and more effective organisation, with long term benefits for the community.

“That’s the power of tribes – strong bonds in your tribe, create advocates into other tribes, that become customers/members of your tribe.”

Tony Park

What if organisations don’t change.

As been shown above these types of organisations are dying around the world. Those organisations that have not changed to suit the change in consumers and purchasers, that think that the organisation is about scrabbling around just to get members, that past processes and ceremonies are the core of the business and that new members have to conform to us, will continue to close.

Those that use these organisations to Party Party Party, that think that organisations main outcome to find friends and have fun (while important) and only want to engage people with their idea of organisation (they are joining us) will continue to close as people find other ways to engage each other.

As organisations are controlled and managed by the current members, they are not a business that have shareholders and Directors with a focus on the expected outcomes of the reason for the business, they will continue to die if outside forces are not listened to. These forces may be members of the community, may be some Alumni Tribe – however others in Alumni Tribe may be happy for it to die, or other organisations or ways to engage people are created.

People don’t care how much you know

until they know how much you care.

  • Its having members that care about the future of our communities rather then the organisations themselves.
  • Having Alumni that don’t dwell in the past or control the future – but use their current knowledge and influence within their tribes to assist the current members.
  • Its having understanding of the power of tribes – all organisations working together to help each other, to help our communities long term and not just focusing in on themselves.

Work Together

For the community as a whole, whether Rotary, Lions, JCI or others survive for another 50 or a 100 years is not critical for them, unless they are relevant for positive change for them. There needs to be leadership for long term strategies for organisations, how it operates and is linked to other tribes in the community and the most important thing is the development of strong bonds between members.

Objective discussion for solutions for these organisations is imperative, some of those discussions should be between them, with the understanding that they are tribes together, working for their communities. Some may be seen as natural progressions – Scouts/Rural Youth?Leos/Rotaract => APEX, JCI => Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis, Chambers of Commerce etc… Together creating knowledge, experiences and tribal creation for the time line of the members. This way the winners are the members, the winners are these organisations and the winners are the community.

Tony Park


I was a member of Scouts Australia for over 30 years as a Youth member and later as a leader and Branch Vice President. Also a member of Rural Youth and JCI (Jaycees) National President for Australia character print (1996) and World Vice President (1997) Awarded Most Outstanding National President of the World with a positive increase in numbers for JCI Australia in 1996, the first in over 20 years. Member of many other organisations, Chambers of Commerce at State, National and International level  etc… and Senator of JCI #566666 – information at www.park.com.au and www.businessgardener.com.au

I have written a co-authored a best selling book with business guru Brian Tracy (Ignite Your Life) and will have a new book published in May 2016 (Business Tribes. Turbocharge your circle of influence, for profit) More information on business tribes can be found at www.businesstribes.com.au 

Tony Park

How to manage your Face Book Tribe

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How to manage your Face Book Tribe

Facebook has become embedded into the social and business activity of a large percentage of the western world. A challenge to that growth has been the ability to engage and manage those tribal members and the greater the tribe, the reduced ability to have a two way engagement – one of the keys to the development of a tribe.

A post by Damon Beres in the Huffington Post, describes some actions you can do to manage those people in your Facebook group, that you wish to convert into a tribe. You cannot engage in a two way relationship with all of them, however it is possible to be an effective communicator to the ones that you wish to be most engaged with.

It is limited directly to the top 30 to engage, so you have to manage this process so that your Tribe withing your Face Book group are the ones you wish to work/engage as a priority, however there are a number of other tools and methods to use Face Book analytic’s to engage with many more. Subject of another post.


How To Choose Which Facebook Posts You See First – It’s simpler than you’d think.

Damon Beres
Tech Editor, The Huffington Post
You may not realize it, but Facebook doesn’t show you a chronological series of the latest posts from your friends and “liked” pages when you visit News Feed. Instead, the social network uses an algorithm to determine what it thinks you’ll want to see and shows you that.

If you’d like to exert a bit more control, there’s a somewhat hidden way to make sure your favorite people and pages always appear at the top of your feed. You can do it on your computer or your smartphone.

On A Computer

To select which Facebook posts you see first on a computer, first go to a friend’s profile. You’ll see a button that says “Following” next to their name and at the bottom of their cover photo. Click on that, then select “See first.”

If you want to see posts from “liked” brands at the top of your feed, there are a couple more steps. Go to the page you’re interested in, then click the button that says “Liked.” Then, click “Posts in News Feed.” From there, select “See First” and save your changes. Posts from your brand of choice will now surface at the top of your News Feed. Congratulations: You just made a social media editor very, very happy.

Posts from people and pages you’ve asked to “See First” should now surface at the top of your News Feed at facebook.com with a little blue star next to them.

On A Smartphone Or Tablet

Selecting which Facebook posts to see first is actually even simpler on a mobile device. Open the Facebook app, go to your friend’s page, tap “Following” and select the “See First” option on the window that pops up.

Unlike the desktop version of Facebook, the process is exactly the same for pages you like: Go to the page, tap “Following” and select “See First.”

Why Bother?

If you’re ever frustrated that your News Feed seems like a glut of nonsense from people and pages you don’t really care about, it’s worth taking the time to manually select what you “See First.” You won’t miss it when your friends post something, and the top of your feed will theoretically be filled with the stuff you want to spend time with. Facebook allows you to choose up to 30 people or pages to “See First,” so go nuts.

Remember, though, that the social network will still keep track of what you interact with in hopes of distilling your behavior down to a science. You can help it understand what you care about, but you’re still feeding it more precious data about yourself. Enjoy!  Damon.


Take control of your Facebook tribe.

So you can take control of Face Book – create your tribe within your Facebook group to get a more interactive experience to engage and manage that tribe. We will have some information on how you may be able to enage a larger part of your facebook group – to convert some of them into your facebook tribe, to turbo charge your business and life.

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Tony Park

Author, speaker, entrepreneur, academic

Co-author of “Ignite your Life” with Brian Tracy

and pending book “Business Tribes. Turbo charge your circle of influence, for profit”

www.businessgardener.com.au

www.businesstribes.com.au

 

Using social capital to create Employee Tribes

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Using Social Capital to create employee Tribes

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Hi all,

Below is a great article on a particular Business Tribe, that of employee tribes. A group of people that are critical for all businesses.
Some employers think that the people who work for the are just another supply input and that they can be controlled like any other supply process. However research has shown (and common sense) that engaged and respected employees perform better for the business and themselves .
Clare Edwards in her latest article in LinkedIn, outlines some ideas for this tribal group – using some basics of RESPECT and ENGAGEMENT that I have outlined in my soon to be published book, Business Tribes. Turbocharge you Circle of Influence, for profit – soon to be published in March.

The Key to Building a Tribe from a Team through Social Capital

We are tribal in Nature

As the earliest human beings, we slept, lived and hunted in groups. If one person were to be cast out of the tribe they didn’t last long before becoming lunch. Our brains are wired to connect with other humans, even before we had language to communicate we could read nonverbal cues such as friendship, danger, love, (dis)approval and act on them.

Connection is Key

David Rock, the founder of the Neuroleadership movement, based on the work of neuroscientist Matthew Liebermann, identified 5 core social needs that drive human behaviour and, when not met, can result in high levels of stress. One of these needs is belonging (called relatedness in his model) – the desire, nay, need to be in the ‘in-tribe’. Regardless of our levels of extraversion or introversion we have an innate need to belong, to be accepted and to be consulted.

How then do we facilitate this level of connection in the workplace?

It’s not so much what you communicate as how you communicate

Professor Sandy Pentland runs the Connection Science and Human Dynamics labs at MIT and, through the creation of ‘sociometric’ badges that monitor how we communicate, has been able to help us unravel the good vs great team conundrum.

Working with team members from a diverse set of industries and functions (healthcare, banking, call centres, back office operations) the badges were worn by team members and recorded elements of communication such as tone of voice, body language, levels of energy and empathy. The badges did not record content at all.

So what are the dynamics that Pentland picked up on the separates the wheat from the chaff when it comes to high performing teams?

  1. Patterns of communication are the most important predictor of a team’s success. In particular the communication that happens outside of formal meetings and interaction
  2. Face to face communication is critical to understanding and responding to subtle social cues and enhances team spirit. There is also an energy in peoples’ gestures when they interact with one another
  3. Communication with other teams enhances productivity as some team embers go out ‘exploring’ and come back with new ideas and information to feed into their ‘tribe’
  4. It’s not about talent and stars, rather it’s about engagement, contribution and respect

Armed with this new knowledge and data after team members in a banking call centre wore the badges for six weeks, results included reduced average handling time of 20% amongst the lower performing members and a $15 million increase in productivity forecast. Oh and employee satisfaction has risen by 10%.

How did they do this? They scheduled coffee breaks for each team at the same time.

They enabled social connectivity outside of formal interactions. They facilitated the building of social capital.

Building Social Capital

Pentland’s research and subsequent findings support the work of entrepreneur and brilliant TED talk presenter Margaret Heffernan and her findings on social capital which she defines as the trust, knowledge, reciprocity and shared norms that create quality of life and make a group resilient.

The Difference that Makes a Difference – traits that make a Team a Tribe

  1. Equal time and attention – no one person dominates or holds back, this is a natural process, not contrived 
  2. Social Sensitivity – the ability to tune into one another and notice subtle shifts in mood and demeanour, the ability to truly empathise and feel from the perspective of the other 
  3. Diversity makes a difference – teams with more women* perform better than homogeneous teams

*I will write another post on this shortly. The work of Heidi Grant Halvorson and Valerie Purdie-Vaughns of the University of Columbia is validating that diverse teams perform better in creativity, problem-solving and innovation. This extends further than gender to include ethnicity and minorities.

Strategies for creating a High Performing Tribe

  1. Encourage cross communication – rather than expecting people to stay in their area, encourage the explorers to go out, seek, find out and report back 
  2. All hail the water cooler – some companies are embracing this and installing more water coolers; rather than frowning on ‘non-work banter’, allow and encourage it 
  3. You don’t have to spend a fortune on teambuilding – badge data from a software company proved that out of work ‘beer meets’ made no difference but lengthening the table in the lunchroom did! 
  4. Ban lunch (and drinks) at the desk – let people gather for meals, we’ve been doing this since we were sitting around camp fires and our brains are wired to receive doses of dopamine and serotonin (happy hormones) from such gatherings 
  5. Teach empathy – in her TED article Heffernan shares the story of Carol Vallone who, when taking over a new company, had department heads argue the case for the budget of a different department resulting in the leadership team deeply understanding the needs and challenges of their peers 
  6. Encourage more face to face exchanges – it’s harder to build empathy with someone we can’t see, this is of particular importance when building a virtual team. Invest the money in bringing them together as often as possible and aim to replace email and text with video conferencing at the least 
  7. Don’t aim for harmony – high performing tribes are often found to be in conflict. The difference is that they feel comfortable enough to challenge one another and to have the necessary courageous conversations 

Making the Soft Stuff Hard

Far from being ‘touchy feely’ or ‘gone soft’ strategies, the building of social capital builds robust and resilient organisations by bringing out the best in people. This results in higher productivity, lower turnover and a deeper level of engagement.

Clare Edwards is Principal of BrainSmart enabling people to lead effectively, think smarter and develop their resilience to thrive in change by engaging their amazing brains. Social media – beingbrainsmart

 Written by Clare Edwards


New authored book

New authored book

From this article and information from my co-authored book with Brian Tracy and pending authored book, the basics of engagement of employees is critical to the effectiveness of the business.

This can be enhanced by respectful engagement of ALL the employees in the Tribe, at a level that reduces hierarchy for that engagement and creates an opportunity to then engage and use the tribes of your new engaged employee tribes. To use these to make money for your business – the books will be available soon.

 

What is a Business Tribe

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The term Business Tribes has been used by a number of authors, Tony Park has unique insights on how to recognise, engage, use and maintain your tribes. With this knowledge, you will be able to turbo charge your business or organisation.

An author, mentor, coach, entrepreneur and now academic, Tony has been working in and on various tribes for over 40 years and now you can gain from this knowledge.

I have defined a tribe is a group of people or actors, that have a unique bond between each other, that they act in the best interest of each of them. In some cases they have been through some action that strengthen those bonds between them .

People can possibly develop and grow through different stages ;

individuals1) Individuals
Individuals grow and develop from interaction with family, school, work places and organisations and have a random growth pattern towards goals that change from time to time. Some individuals interact with others, while others go through life moving from group to group with no real outcome at all – just existing.

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2) Groups
From time to time, people come together in groups, to learn and work together, socialise and live. However unless there is a reason to do things, to be relevant to each other, they tend to just come and go. Links start to happen between these individuals, however may be fluid and come and go. Outcomes are by chance that may or may not happen, for individuals or the group.

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3) Teams
Some groups become teams, made up of leaders and followers and start to work as a group with purpose. This purpose tends to be set by the team and/or leader and may not be in the best interest of all the team members, but focused on the greater good – for the team. Some may say this is the best combination that achieves – but does it achieve for all?

How individuals interact. (c) Tony Park

How individuals interact. (c) Tony Park

4) Tribes
Tribes are a growth from the previous steps, people coming together having strong bonds between them, that act for joint benefits. They have win/win activities, work together for the benefit of all. No one gains more – some may gain this week, while others gain at other times, but overall all gain more than teams or groups. Understanding how to engage your tribe can really turbo charge your business or organisation as you engage the tribes of your tribal members.


In business or organisations, the use of Tribes can assist them to develop and grow quicker and stronger, therefore the identification, understanding, usage and maintaining of these tribes are critically important for their development. These blogs will help you in these processes as you become part of my tribe – you can wait for my book due to be published in March 2016 called Business Tribes, Turbo Charge your circle of influence – for profit contact me at tony@businesstribes.com.au for a discounted pre-publish copy. Along with my co-authored book with Brian Tracy – Excite your life.

Or contact me and I can directly help you and your business/organisation to turbo charge you circle of influence. Contact me and I can show you how.

Tony Park character print
Author, Mentor, Coach, Entrepreneur, Academic.

 

www.businesstribes.com.au

www.businessgardener.com.au