Introducing a rider change the dynamics of the relationship between motorcycle and rider. It affects suspension, handling and the quantity of baggage you’ll be able to carry. Over and above that, you’ve created a team. Group rides Larger teams form during group rides.
As soon as you have more than a solo rider on a bike, effective relationships play an excellent role in creating a secure atmosphere that’s fun for everyone. Although it takes commitment, work and discipline to create and manage, the effort is worth it.
People come and go in your lives, joining you for different parts of your journey. Each has something to teach you and something to contribute, whether it’s difficult or not. Your challenge is to appreciate the gifts they bring without losing focus on where you’re going.
Effective principles of good team building
1. Unity of Purpose: – Members are a part of the group because they want to share the destination, the journey or the group culture. Essential as a baseline, clarifying values and establishing goals at the outset, can avert trouble down the road. If you don’t want to travel to the same destination as the others, or in the manner in which they ride, it’s time to find another group. Or go solo.
2. Communication: – Agree on how you’re going to convey messages within the group, whether it’s between operator and rider or between operators on a group ride. Whether it’s hand signals or two-way communication devices, it’s imperative that you get your message across clearly and compactly. Creating assumptions in a group ride or a work team can land you in hot water.
3. Embrace conflict: – Conflict is constructive when it exposes you to a new perspective and promotes collaboration. Choosing destinations, routes, departure times and stops are potential stumbling blocks on a group ride. Disagreement is ok as long as it’s resolved before you set out. Having that conversation while underway is not advisable. Speak your mind without worrying about what others can assume. Holding a legal opinion to yourself could be withholding critical information that’s as a minimum, necessary to make an informed decision. It could even affect your safety.
4. Respect: – Active listening and respecting the other person’s perspective gets things out in the open and clears potential misunderstandings before they become an issue. It presents an opportunity to clarify your perception and consider information you may not have thought of or been aware of.
5. Clear Goals: – Make sure the goals for your team are realistic. On a ride that includes deciding on your ultimate destination, how for you’ll travel in a given time and communicating it to everyone on the team. The more members in the group, the more useful this is in keeping the peace.
6. Active participation: – The more engaged folks are, the bigger the probability to evolve an effective team. The trip is more enjoyable for everyone when each person does their part, respects the dynamics of the group, prepares and is ready to depart on time, and has completed any tasks they agreed to take on.
7. Collaboration: – When you’re in a group, not everyone gets their way every time. Having a strong leader who listens, is open to feedback and stays focused on the goals facilitates collaboration. The larger the group, the greater the skill required of the leader.
8. Specific Roles: – Whether you’re talking about two people on one bike or many people on a group ride, each person is unique and brings complimentary skills and roles to the team. Letting everybody work to their strengths builds a powerful, cohesive team.
9. Trust: – Whether it’s applied to the process, each other or yourself, trust is fundamental to the safety and enjoyment of everyone on the trip. Damage it and it can take a long time to rebuild. Sometimes the best solution when trust is broken, especially within the short-term, is to go it alone.
Team building principles are as applicable on motorcycles as they are for creating effective teams in a recreational or work setting. Apply them wisely for a smooth, enjoyable experience.
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