How did a reality show based in a tent which lacks any insects, danger, humiliation or romance (well excluding the odd weak attempt at flirting with Paul Hollywood by mature bakers) become such a success? Soggy bottom innuendos can surely only get you so far!
The fact that a successful team is greater than the sum of its parts is well understood and this shows itself to be true time and again in all walks of life (just look at the surprise wins football has seen last season) and Bake Off is no different.
By removing the BBC, the presenters and possibly the judges how much of the record breaking and much loved team is left? How far will the brand take the new show on the new channel without some of the team? Only time will tell. Where is the tipping point when changes to a team become so fundamental that you have to start from scratch? It will surely require more involvement than just replacing big name celebs.
By chance, as well as watching Bake Off, I have been re-reading Patrick Lencioni's Five dysfunctions of a team where he talks about
- absence or trust
- fear of conflict
- lack of commitment
- avoidance of accountability and
- inattention to results
At the time I was myself part of a somewhat dysfunctional team and from that position the change required to become brilliant seemed impossible, and yes we were doing OK so did it really matter? Likewise when examining this idea it shows that the Bake off team started from nothing, was nurtured by the BBC, given the trust to flourish and commitment to grow and so developed into this cohesive funny, brilliant and hugely entertaining show that it is. Now, several years on, and working with new teams, and watching this i understand it better and what seemed impossible now looks like amazing opportunities. Funny thing perspective isn't it!
Lencioni makes such sense, and I see teams displaying many of the elements he talks about, however they all seem to struggle with the first step; trust, being prepared to admit weakness and show vulnerability. The great British public may now lose trust in the new channel, production team and Bake Off presenters, time will tell.
So why are we so afraid of being perfect? I found a great quote and I cant find who to credit it with so, sorry if it is you!
"You can learn a great deal from your mistakes when you arent busy denying them"
Go on admit a few, see what happens I dare you!
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