Our organisation is filled with folk who are skilled and passionate.
The team in which I work covers many areas of expertise, and our connection to our passion – the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’ of our roles – helps keep our focus clear. Our daily Coffee O’clock gathering strengthens our connection to each other, which in turn strengthens the team.
Most of our team are committed to coffee. I’m passionate; possibly slightly obsessive. Or let’s just call me energetically enthusiastic.
Enthusiasm is important in a team.
In a few months I’ll be travelling to Malta and the UK with colleagues. The five of us travelling together are a new team. We don’t work in the same part of the organisation. We don’t know each other well. We haven’t worked out yet how we’ll work. But we will. We are different in many ways, but we share the privilege of participating in a program which develops leaders, integrates historical values with current best practice and future strategies, and builds valuable networks.
We’re all clever, competent professionals so we will learn useful things. We’ll add value to each other and the organisation – and we’ll have fun as we go.
At the top of the list of Useful Things to Learn is Where Do We Get The Good Coffee? Coffee is an experience not just a drink. It is the font from which creativity, focus, patience, relationship and curiousity flows. It is vital. It should never be taken for granted. And it should never be instant.
It’s possible I’ve put too much thought into coffee.
I’m curious about Malta. The history of our organisation is intertwined with the history of Malta. I’m delving into history books on my Kindle and BBC documentaries on my laptop. I’m intrigued by the journey taken by our organisational ancestors, and the connection to us hundreds of years later half a world away.
I’m delving into travel blogs and tourism websites because I’m also curious about the coffee. There seems to be much good coffee on Malta which pleases me greatly. According to Trip Advisor Piadina Caffe is the best but I’m open to more information.
For the Greater Good of the team it’s probably important to research the answer to the question about coffee.
I’m a way better travel companion if I’m happily caffeinated.