In just a few days thirty and forty somethings all across the land will be covertly buying popcorn and taking their seats in darkened auditoriums to relive their youth with Hannibal, Faceman, Murdock and B.A. Baracus.
Teams being our thing at Fresh Tracks we are also getting more than a little nostalgic, much to the bemusement of the younger staff who claim they have never heard of these men. It’s hard to believe that there are people in our teams who can’t call upon those inspirational opening lines:
“In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit, these men promptly escaped…today, still wanted by the government they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe, you can hire the A-Team.”
They are inspiring on a number of levels, not least because like so many great teams they are a disparate bunch of individuals, who come together as a single unit that is greater than the sum of it’s parts. For teams to succeed they must possess a balance of Leaders, Creators, Gluers and Doers.
The A-Team are no exception, they have a wise Leader in Hannibal, the charming relational Gluer Faceman, the eccentric Creator Murdock and of course the Doer, Mr T himself, B.A. Baracus. Using questionnaires developed by Belbin and others we are able to identify individuals preferred roles in teams, which once known enable work groups to assign tasks according to strength.
As someone once said “We love it when a plan comes together”.
The A-Team is released 11th June, see the trailer here.