Graham🐝 Edwards en Directors and Executives, Entrepreneurs, Business Consulting Principal • GPEStratagem 22/11/2016 · 1 min de lectura · +600

TTBTSG... if you manage a team, you should have one.

As I got to the bottom of the "Thank you" email for a meeting I participated in the other day, I found the signature was simply TTBTSG.

TTBTSG... if you manage a team, you should have one.

Knowing that somebody would surely ask about it... and knowing the sender as I do (and that the answer would be a good one)... I just waited. Sure enough someone asked, and sure enough the response was a good one; brilliant in fact.

Think Tank Brain Trust Support Group... TTBTSG

      Think Tank: a group or institution organized for intensive research and solving of problems...

      Brain Trust: a group of experts who act as unofficial consultants on matters of policy and strategy...

      Support Group: a group of people who meet regularly to support or sustain each other by discussing problems affecting them... 

As I consider how lucky I am to have a TTBTSG, I couldn't help but focus on the fundamental building blocks that make up these six letters...

The TTB (Think Tank Brain): The "smarts and abilities" portion of the acronym; the knowledge, intelligence, candid perspective, and experience that is available in the group to tackle ideas, situations, opportunities and problems.  


The TSG (Trust Support Group): The "working environment" portion of the acronym; the mutual respect, non-judgement, personality, understanding and "code of conduct" that define all discussions that take place.

It was also apparent to me that TTBTSG acts as a great "first blush" consideration for anyone who wants to build (and manage) a highly functional team...

  • Are you hiring the best people possible and developing them to their fullest potential? (TTB)
  • Are you developing a team environment of trust, support and mutual success? (TSG)

If you can honestly say "yes" to both of these points you are on your way to being part of an amazing team... if not, don't be surprised with ongoing turnover, poor engagement, a lack of good ideas, and poor commitment to making anything happen. 

Just saying!

In the end, the email reminded me how great people in the right environment can do amazing things, and how very lucky I am to have a TTBTSG.


Graham🐝 Edwards 25/11/2016 · #10

#5 Thanks for the note @Renée Cormier... you are absolutely right !

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Graham🐝 Edwards 25/11/2016 · #9

#4 Thanks for the note @Susan Rooks!

Graham🐝 Edwards 25/11/2016 · #8

#3 Thanks for the note @Tony Rossi... there is definitely lots of fun to be had with TTBTSG! : )

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Graham🐝 Edwards 25/11/2016 · #7

#2 Thanks for reading @Praveen Raj Gullepalli... gpe is Graham Paul Edwards.

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Graham🐝 Edwards 25/11/2016 · #6

#1 Thanks for the comment @Sara Jacobovici!

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Renée 🐝 Cormier 22/11/2016 · #5

I think the TTBTSG could be used beyond the internal borders of a business and become a mastermind group for business people. Being part of a group of business people who provide their perspectives in a safe professional environment could be extremely helpful.

Susan Rooks 22/11/2016 · #4

Well, you taught me something today, @Graham Edwards! I had never seen that acronym before, and I do see how it works together. Many thanks!

Tony 🐝 Rossi 22/11/2016 · #3

Lucky, indeed, @Graham Edwards! It's fascinating how TTBTSG takes on so many relevant meanings no matter how you slice and dice it.

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