the art of Huddle

Published: 18th March, 2015

In ‘Smarter, faster, cheaper‘ it challenges a brand to describe itself in one word. We checked our 12 values and the @work material and there was one clear winner .. so go on – Give me a good #HUDDLE!!

We know when we’ve had one when you’ve:

– Had a positive effect in the business that is *SMART- it could be a clear message but more likely an action;
– Given everyone a chance to contribute from wherever they are- in the room or online (yes it’s possible!);
– Has brought people together in a human way- there’s something primitively human about the ability to do it.

When we talk about the practical hands-on side to engagement it’s what we use to bring the team together. You’ll see it feature in all of the @work stories and their imagery. Having something to huddle around is useful such as a fire, a table or a board but sometimes it’s the people themselves that provide the focus.

Huddle is to engagement what cuddle is to love!

Whether you’re a trainer:

– Training- start and end thinking about the greater good of the whole and why that will be better afterwards;
– Onboarding new staff- connect in a way that makes the new starters feel a part of the place from Day 0;

.. or a business development professional:

– Changing the business .. is hard. Stack the odds by establishing your war-room with the key people in it;
– Consulting- a great way to find out exactly what’s going on in the business;

In the military, especially in northern Germany, a huddle is often used to describe a “Leitungsbesprechung“. The idea of synchronization and coordination reaches back to a guy called Clausewitz. Misunderstood in many ways he argued that war could not be quantified or reduced to mapwork, geometry, and graphs. For him, along the similar lines to The Kohnen principle, he tapped out the start and  end of the daily battle rhythm with a huddle.