King Arthur’s Round Table – A Symbol For High Performing Teams?

A s something of an idealist and occasional romantic I have long felt a strong connection with King Arthur, Camelot and in particular, the notion of the round table. In my idealistic imagining, I see a group of leaders striving to behave as equals, notwithstanding the differences that exist in reality, and set upon a clear and noble purpose to improve the quality of life for all.

Whilst I may be idealistic, I’m not naïve and I’m also pretty sure that the relationships and discussions around the table would not always have been the most constructive or progressive. And yet underpinning the actions and evolution of these relationships around this ‘imaginary round table’ is a code. A code which is underpinned by a purpose and a vision for a better world.

The code has a moral and ethical core, meaning that each member of the group rises above the minor transgressions or differences arising from style or personality in service of fundamental values that unite them. The code has the most significant, progressive and trust building behaviours set out.

Behaviours such as honesty, openness, collaboration, transparency, reliability, accountability and being present.

They are behaviours which facilitate group working at the highest level alongside individual responsibility and accountability.

In my imagination, this round table is about finding unity in diversity. It’s about the different perspectives, talents, and contributions of each group member being respected, valued and explored. It’s about knights, priests, wizards, social workers, farmers, politicians and kings sitting as equals debating (and resolving) the real issues of the world, bringing all they have to bear to solving seemingly intractable problems.

The round table is also about radical conversations – explorations that get to the heart of issues in an innovative, creative and purposeful way. Problem-solving and solution generation that are intentionally disrespectful of the notion of ‘can’t’ and look, with love, passion, drive and humility for the possibilities and ‘what ifs’.

I believe this way of working and being is possible within all groups and teams today if we choose it. This is the type of group I want to be part of. How about you?

Lorraine Flower
Lorraine Flowerhttp://azzur.co.uk/
As a Corporate change agent, consultant, coach and mentor Lorraine founded azzur and is completely transparent about the spiritual principles on which it operates. Alongside her 18 years as azzur’s founder, Lorraine brings 20 years' service industry experience to bear through her senior leadership roles at British Airways (BA) and Great North Eastern Railway (GNER). It is Lorraine's belief in individual and organisational power for good that gives azzur its raison d'etre. azzur and Lorraine specifically has worked with clients across the business spectrum from financial services, to retail and transport to healthcare an in both the public and private sectors. azzur is focused on developing contemporary, spirited leadership capability, and organisations built on inspiring purpose, empowering cultures and a powerful vision and values. She is championing new models of leadership and organisational development founded on the principles of conscious leadership and writes extensively on these topics.She is a member of a number of global spiritual groups and communities serving the greater good of Humanity and the planet. She works and studies extensively in developing and exploring conscious leadership believing that business leaders are key players in transforming the well-being of the planet and humanity as a whole.
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Aldo Delli Paoli

The metaphor of the Round Table fully expresses the concept of organizational intelligence and the conditions that are necessary to favor it. Organizational intelligence focuses on how people put their ideas together in a group, in a team, in an organization or in a community. They think smart together. They find good solutions to problems, take wise decisions for the long run and generate effective plans interacting with each other. Under the social and emotional aspect, they act by adhering with a positive attitude and with a productive spirit

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