07 Sep The Friendly Meme
Recently I’ve had a chance to visit Tasmania quite a bit. I’d been told it was a beautiful place and that people there were nice, so I was looking forward to exploring.
On one trip, we were driving up the East Coast and we stopped the car to walk out to a lighthouse and viewing point. It was a short distance, along a narrow path, and we met several groups who were coming back the other way. As soon as they got near us, each group would call out a greeting: hi there, how are you, good day for it, great view out there, and so on. As we squeezed past each other on the rocky ledge, every single group smiled and wished us a good walk.
It seemed that everyone in Tasmania really was friendly, even the tourists.
So of course, on the walk back along the same narrow path, we met groups who were on their way out to see the view. And as we neared each one, it seemed natural to call out to them in a friendly way: hi there, lovely day for it, enjoy the walk… Because that’s what we had learned from the groups we met on the way out and that’s just how people behave in Tasmania.
Memes are passed on through the behaviours that they generate in their hosts. How do people behave in your team? What do new team members learn from their colleagues? Are the natural feedback loops in your organization creating positive or negative memes?