Sarah Morgan

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Going Tribal

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. – Jane Howard (1935-1996), Families

Author and professor David Logan described five levels of tribal behavior at TEDxUSC in 2009:

  1. Life sucks. I despair, and therefore am actively hostile. (2%)
  2. My life sucks. I am a victim. While life could be good, I haven’t got X, so it isn’t. (25%)
  3. I’m great (and you’re not). I’m focused solely on my own accomplishments and goals. (48% of employee tribes are here.)
  4. We’re great. I’m a tribesman, part of something greater than myself. (22% – think Zappos.)
  5. Life is great. I approach the possibilities of life with wonder, bringing tribes together for the joy of something even greater. (“Only 2% – and those are the ones that change the world.”)

(Posts by Matt Corker and ThinkAtheist helped me sum these up.)

Author and journalist Jane Howard described what made a family work:

  1. Leadership. A chief who sets a great example.
  2. Organization. A manager who minds calendars and keeps the history.
  3. Mythology. Organically developed rituals, and a person who keeps them.
  4. Hospitality. Willingness to give of oneself to each other.
  5. Freedom. While being important to its members, it believes in life outside too.
  6. Honesty. Dealing straightforwardly with the bad things in life.
  7. Affection. Tangible, physical love.
  8. Home. A sense of place.
  9. Respect. Homage to elders.
  10. Connection. Helping the young, the future, come into their own.

What does this mean for the groups you’re part of, how you motivate people, and how you can do greater things?

Comments

Yum Yucky

Whoa! This is one of those. “Wait a minute, I really need to think about this” posts. Time to activate my dormant brain cells for deep thinking. (and thanks…seriously)

Erin

Wow. This was one of your best posts IMO.

And what a reminder that I so don’t love my job. And how much I love my friends and family.

Matt Corker

Ah – what a great reminder this was. Thanks for making my brain smile this morning.

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