Cup of coffee rule or alternative approach to team formation
I prefer coffee. Strong and cheerful drink has always seduce me with its incredible flavour. Obviously only a woman is able to seduce more.Deathly silence is enough for serious problems in a team. Click To Tweet
I must confess I drink it way too much. I drink coffee as often as promise myself to take a break or at least drink it a bit less. However the thirst for the drink was always stronger than me. Yes, I am coffee lover, but neither brand, nor type, nor country of coffee origin matters for me. I recognise only three types of coffee – ground, instant and coffee with a milk. That’s all and this is enough for me.
Of course there are those who prefer tea and, to put it mildly, feel apathetic indifference to coffee. Nowadays, the Internet is full of articles, posts and even scientific works, which alternately describe the superiority of one drink over the another. And as soon as these two drinks came to a broad market and became a part of the daily diet of practically every person, a real battle had begun among their fans, “bullets” and “ammunition” for which are regularly supplied by marketers and other interested in their promotion persons.
I will not go into a discussion, ‘cause everyone has the right to make choices. In fact, it doesn’t matter what drink you like more. Every person has a favourite drink, which brings pleasure, joy and positive emotions with every little sip. We want to enjoy it in pleasing surrounding. Fully relaxed, enjoy the moment. Sometimes we want to chat or discuss some new products of the world market, argue about political events or discuss a showbiz gossips. And the real delight to have that opportunity not only at home, in the family circle or among close friends, but also in offices, where we spend half of our lives. And how frustrating it is, when the situation around us is not conducive for this. Coffee doesn’t taste, relaxation is impossible. It all makes small cracks in the team foundation, which slowly but surely lead it to the break.
The secret of a successful team.
There is such a thing as “incompatibility”, so for team work and effective interoperability just technically perfect people are not enough. The fact, that technical skills are important is not a secret, this fact is known to all. But the secret of a successful team, how I believe, is the human factor. It doesn’t matter how talented and professional a person is, if sitting with him or her in the same room is not comfortable, and conversation – dry and short. And it doesn’t mean that conflict is inevitable in this situation. There can be no conflicts at all, although deathly silence is enough for serious problems in a team.
When there is nothing to talk about with colleagues – it doesn’t work. And ultimately, a person who has no interactions with the rest of team will leave. So, to avoid such unpleasant situations in the future, I am always driven by “Cup of coffee rule” during the interviews. Bypassing all technical aspects of the interview (let’s assume that the candidate meets all technical criteria), if after the interview you not decline the idea to have a cup of coffee with the candidate – it’s “your man”. However, if you don’t like this idea and have supposition that you will have nothing to talk about, then – “See ya, not!”.
When coffee drinking is not giving a rush.
I won’t be prevaricate, so except a lack of common interests, the reason for candidate rejection also may be and should be a physiological antipathy since you feel it. And it’s not only about the look, but also manners, behaviour, voice, style, hairstyle and other visual elements of human body. Sometimes, candidate seems to be not so bad, but for some reason or even for no reason you don’t like him or her and it pushing you away. And there is nothing to even think about drinking coffee in this situation.
Still, this is not the worst option. There is a third aspect of the “Cup of coffee rule”. It rarely appears at the first interview and the most often become a cause of someone’s exclude from the team. It’s when you realise that coffee you usually drink with a pleasure in company of your team-mates, you want unbearably to throw it into someone’s face. If this wish lasting for a while, you should immediately exclude this person from the team. ‘Cause anyway, team like this will not succeed.
In fact, it doesn’t matter what drink you like more. “Cup of coffee rule” could easily be called “Cup of tea rule”, “Mug of beer, glass of wine or whiskey rule”, ‘cause its essence is not about the specific drinks, but the surrounding in which you taste it.