Remediating Against the Criteria for Powerful Teams
Based on a team’s self-diagnosis, one or more of the following processes are required to improve the team’s functioning:
- Establishing the benevolent intent of the team or an objective for the team which solicits the intent to contribute – determining the team’s purpose through an understanding who the team is here to serve and the unique value add or contribution the team makes to its customer(s). Giving team members a reason or a noble purpose worthy of suspending their self-interest for.
- Establishing a clear line of sight or forging a link between each individual’s distinctive contribution and the bigger purpose or meaning of the team. Enabling each member of the team to see how what they do or give contributes to the team’s objectives.
- Rules of engagement or determining a set of values and behaviours which team members commit to as their modus operandi. Cultivating interactions between colleagues which are primarily values rather than needs driven.
- Gratitude and appreciation or affirming the significance of each team member’s contribution. Practising gratitude for the unique contribution of each team member which unlocks their propensity to give to others in the team.
- Disclosure and feedback or enabling team members to get to know what makes each other “tick” through sharing life stories and biographies. Cultivating openness and honesty within the team as an antidote to the pursuit of self-interest and the playing of politics.
- Continuous improvement or instituting effective operational and strategic team review meetings which enable teams to focus on improving performance and building organisational capability. The outcome is right focus at every level in the organisation and powerful workgroups that are enabled to consistently improve organisational results.