“But, I thought my team was competent. They have worked under this kind of pressure, solved these kinds of problems before,” Marion reported.
“So, what do you think is the problem?” I asked.
“I know we spent a lot of time working from home over the past couple of months. And, now we are back in the office most of the time. Things are different. People stick to their cubicles, practice social distance. It’s like Men-in-Black erased the memories of how well they used to work together.”
“What’s missing now, that was there before?”
“They seem out of practice. It’s not like they are screwing everything up, but they used to be tight. Now, every hiccup creates a little team stumble.”
“Marion, you say they are out of practice. What have they been practicing?”
She chuckled. “They have practiced being apart, practiced being disconnected, working alone, not talking to each other.”
“We are always in practice,” I said. “Just sometimes we practice stuff that’s counter-productive to where we want to go. We get good at what we practice. If we practice being lazy, we get good at being lazy. If we practice enough, it becomes a habit. Don’t practice things you don’t want to get good at.”