I was pretty transfixed in front of my television last night. It was a surprise evening of emotion for me – one that I did not expect.
So, after it was over, I went on a true surfing trip though the web reading about the Beatles, and their early impact and lasting influence. By the way, I know nothing about music, except to know that I liked the Beatles — a lot. (I graduated from high school in 1968, so my teen years were Beatles centric).
Here’s something that stuck me. Apparently, there is quite a controversy over just how good a drummer Ringo Starr was. You can search it our for yourself. but here’s the gist: one side says he was not very good vs. the other side says he was brilliant. The consensus seems to be he was actually quite good — and, genuinely “just right” for the Beatles’ needs. (One hint at how good he was: he inspired a lot of people – a whole lot! – to take up drums).
But, on some forum board I was reading, there was this quote (paraphrased): “yes, Ringo Starr was a good drummer, but he was the ideal Beatle.” The idea was that with the mix of John, Paul, George, and Ringo, Ringo played his role perfectly. They needed his… what I might call his sheer fun and joy.
(Here’s a good list of reasons to respect Ringo as a drummer here: THIRTEEN REASONS TO GIVE RINGO SOME RESPECT by John Bryant. John Bryant is a session drummer from Dallas, and Mr. Bryant started playing drums after seeing Ringo Starr on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964).
Now here’s the business lesson:
teams need the right mix of talent + chemistry.
This kind of chemistry:
the complex emotional or psychological interaction between people.
And you could see it last night. Whatever else they had, when you saw Paul and Ringo on stage together, even with two of the Beatles missing, the chemistry is still there. Or, maybe, the chemistry was re-claimed.
Yes, I know about the difficulties they faced at times. But now, in their 70s, it seems that both Paul and Ringo know just what “magic” they had in their years together. And their love and admiration for each other — their chemistry — was pretty special to watch last night.
So, in your organization, as you put together your teams, get the right talent together… but do not neglect the chemistry of the team. They simply have to mesh together just right. Otherwise, the result of their work will be less than it could be.
Talent + chemisty. That’s the formula to remember.