Monday, June 13, 2016

Cartoons are not just for kids

Have you ever watched Paw Patrol


Me either until a few months ago... it is one of the newer/popular cartoons on TV (also available on Netflix) that all the kids are into these days. The more episodes I watched the more I found myself thinking: "adults in project management, engineering, construction, offices, really any work environment should watch this show and remind themselves the value of effective communication and teamwork."

Let me explain...
  • In every episode there is a crisis of some kind.
  • Ryder (the boy and the leader) calls all the pups to the lookout.
  • Ryder explains the crisis and clearly assigns tasks to the pups with the required expertise to solve the crisis.
  • The pups with assigned tasks leave immediately to do their jobs while the others remain at the lookout (or close by) inc are they are required as backup as the crisis is being solved.
  • Once the crisis is solved, Ryder and all the pups meet up to discuss the job as well as the outcome. Ryder gives credit to the whole team, but especially those that had more difficult tasks to resolve that particular crisis situation.
  • The episode concludes with everyone feeling good about a job well done.

Doesn't this sound exactly like what should happen in the workplace?! 
Most days we get caught up in our day-to-day activities and forget the how significant effective communication and teamwork really are. It wouldn't hurt all of us adults to take 20 minutes and watch an episode of Paw Patrol once in a while to remind ourselves of the basic principles we try to teach our kids and that we should be praticing.

"No job is too big, no pup is too small!" - Ryder

My shoes for that: Wall Walkers - as worn by Chase in Season 2 Episode 1

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