Yesterday, we were running a fun little experiment by timing how long it takes for people to be greeted after they drove onto our church property. One person would start the timer when a car turned into our entrance and we had spotters following them all the way to their parking space. After they exited their car and encountered a greeter, we stopped counting.
Interestingly, the team started with a couple of people…but the project quickly grew into a team of 10 people. And, we could have used more than that. Why?
- We were having fun talking and enjoying each others time. Having more people gave us margin to enjoy the project…not just execute the task.
- There were multiple distractions that took us off mission (e.g. an emergency vehicle that interrupted the project). If we didn’t have the extra help, we probably would not have collected enough data.
- There was a learning curve. We didn’t get it right at first. We had to tweak the process and figure it out as we went. Remember, there was a limited amount of time that traffic was flowing.
The next time you have a big project (or even a small one), invite more people than you need. We can have more fun that way…and it also increases the odds of success.
Worst case…I can send someone home early. Who doesn’t appreciate that?
Thanks for listening.