Earlier this week, two (pretty rad) members of the Texas Rollergirls stopped by our office for a 'Lunch & Learn' that focused on the topic of teamwork.
In discussing how their league works, Shiner Blond and Me Shove You Long Time imparted some valuable knowledge about the intricacies of being part of a group filled with diverse members who share a common goal.
Whether you're shipping pets or competing in the Women's Flat Track Derby Association, communication and collaboration are epically important.
Here are a few highlights from the discussion:
Me Shove You Long Time mentioned that the Texas Rollergirls have embraced Shine Theory, which is the idea that it's beneficial to surround yourself with strong, talented people and also to root for them and help them to be even better. In short: "I don't shine if you don't shine."
As far as teamwork, communication is important, as is learning how your colleagues communicate best. Some people require more finesse while others prefer bluntness -- take the time to find out what works and what doesn't.
In terms of offering feedback to a team member, think of this as a skill that requires developing. It may come naturally to blurt out a correction or criticism during a match (or stressful pet move related moment), but there is probably a better way to be direct without creating too much tension.
Roller Derby brings out "lots of feels," which means that de-briefing after a game and working on strategies for improvement can often be emotional. Working with pets and pet owners also brings out the feels here at PetRelocation, and we appreciated Shiner and Shove You's suggestions to focus on team building, honest sharing and respectful communication.
Thanks again to Shiner Blond and Me Shove You Long Time for taking their lunch hour to speak to us! Their battle stories and sound advice were intriguing and inspiring to the PetRelocation team.
Find out more about the Texas Rollergirls and consider attending one of their upcoming bouts for a firsthand look at dedicated teamwork in action.