Sometimes, families live difficult situations, sport teams have a terrible season and rock bands have to deal with negative criticism. In all these cases, I am sure everyone in these kinds of communities think in one word: separation. But, always there is a little emergency exit door to keep together.
After reading this post, you will see teams in which you are involved not as a static group of people but as a dynamic community with feelings, goals and values. This is a story of a pop-rock band that explored an alternative path to emerge as a remarkable team. I have followed this band since 2000 and had the opportunity to see them in a concert in Melbourne in 2010. When they are playing together, there is an implicit communication between all of them. But not always the things have been happy.
This story starts in Dublin long time ago. U2 are an Irish rock band that consists of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr. U2’s early sound was rooted in post-punk. After a successful album, they suffered a musical stagnation. They received a negative feedback. Maybe, they started to fight. Apparently, the magic moments were gone.
The group travelled to Berlin to create a new album and reinvent themselves. Far away from family and friends in Dublin, they questioned everything again and discharged their image as a way to search a new one. In spite of all problems, there were persistently looking for a formula to achieve success again. Bono and The Edge were looking for a new sound and Larry, the drummer, felt uncomfortable with all these changes.
During a recording session, they found the inspiration to evolute in a new band. The new U2 integrated dance, industrial, and alternative rock influences into their sound and performances, and embraced a more ironic and self-deprecating image. Finally, they emerged with an extraordinary songs and a big show. Now, they have worked together for more than 30 years and are a model for many rock bands and others teams.
All teams need to change to deal with crisis or difficult situations to keep together. For me there are three lessons from U2:
Lesson 1: Being prepared to change, opening your mind, trying new experiences and searching something that made you unique and authentic.
Lesson 2: Learning from your both good and bad experiences as a team
Lesson 3: Communication, communication and more communication
To deal with crisis, families, sport teams or rock and roll bands have to reinvent themself, evolute and create something new, stronger and better