I’ve been doing a lot of team-building lately (hi Ben!), talking to my friends about team-building (David R., Dan M., Laurie H. – I see you), and reading/re-reading stuff with a particular eye on this (shoutout to the Digging The Greats “Soulquarians” episode especially). Here’s my riff to the various levels of teaming up:
There are three phases (as far as I can tell) to teaming up.
Voltron: a bunch of nobodies who come together to kick ass.*
Wu-Tang: together, you’re an established monster, but when the head starts launching everybody out to solo careers, we realize the power of each member in their own right.
Wilburys: as in the Traveling Wilburys, whereas only after the first two areas have been experienced, we get a gathering of true masters choosing to play together in a supergroup.
If you want to build a community, if you want to NOT be a one-hit wonder, this is the template.
And once you’ve got it cranking, this is how you can level up.
Find your people to form Voltron.
Make sure everyone a star in their own right like Wu.
Form supergroups across organizations like the Wilburys.
*to the Voltron fans who see my use of nobodies as offensive: sorry, but I never knew nor will I ever learn their names. I love the concept enough for it to be here though – we’re still cool, right?
Ps. I have to share the Billions scene, you know?