Shiver me timbers!

Monday, September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day and our thoughts may turn away from business for a few minutes to contemplate the lighter side of pirates and pirating (especially if one of your colleagues starts acting the part.) In the training business, we can learn a lot from pirates.

PIRATES: SCARY CUTTHROAT ROGUES?

There are plenty of definitions of what pirates are and plenty of opinions on what privates are not. If you examine the definitions including the modern definitions describing the pirating of videos or software, you will notice words or phrases that include “without commission”, “without authority” or “without permission”.  The definitions would lead you to believe pirates were/are all rogues.

HOW ABOUT A CALCULATING, COLLABORATING COLLECTIVE?

I’d like to suggest that pirates could be looked at as exemplary team players as they are: calculating and collaborative. Setting up their own language and their own “code” of conduct (for engagement and responsibility) catapults them ahead of most teams.

I’ve collected several pirate related blog posts on into a page of team teaching tips. This ‘Pirate Series’ outlines critical success factors when teaching as a team. Collectively, you must:

Pirates, as a result of working together so well, created a strong brand: their mission was clear, their tactics unrivalled and their results were legendary. Your training team can achieve similiar results if you learn some lessons from pirates.

 LESSONS TO SAIL OFF WITH OR PONDER OVER A GLASS OF RUM

 When pressured to deliver products better, faster and cheaper, just like pirates, be calculating and:

  • Consider the impact of your actions on your: training product, training business and training brand.
  • Invest upfront to agree, define and disseminate roles and responsibilities AND rules and regulations. These do not have to be formally written, although you will find that the exercise of putting pen to paper often unearths additional ideas or additional areas that need to be addressed. If you have your working arrangement written down, it is also easier to bring additional staff or guests ‘on board’ to help.

Until next time, have some fun and ‘talk like a pirate’!

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Check out Mykl’s work… It is truly inspiring: Day 19 - Make Mistakes

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