I hit the trail the end of last month – The Montana Trail, that is. It was part of the State of Montana’s annual HR conference. Actually, it was just part of the workshop I did on Role-Based Assessment and the CHI Indicators. The Montana Trail is a group experience designed to help a large group of people quantify the value of a Role-diverse, coherent team.
The most exciting part, for me, was finally meeting the team that’s been using Role-Based Assessment to drive change through their state. Now keep in mind that not only does this state have a visionary Governor but they are also one of the very few states that is gaining in jobs, not losing them. So you know they’re doing something right and they have the stamina to keep driving till they get everyone home safe from the trail drive.
With very little preparation from me, the Sheriffs – AKA the HR team - jumped right in and made the game theirs. They got their ten gallon hats, found a cowbell for me to call the rounds with, made sure I had pictures to show at the office (and here!), and, in general, made me feel as if I’d known them forever. (That means a lot to this former New Yorker.)
But I shouldn’t be surprised. That’s what coherent teams do.