Team Dynamics

I was introduced this week (at a Graduate Recruitment assessment centre) as “An expert in Group Dynamics and communication”.  Simultaneously pleased and flattered, I just nodded and agreed.  (Like I allow people to do on assertiveness training workshops…).

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It happened again at a Management and Leadership workshop.  It is that joyful moment when the team realise no-one else is going to make things happen except them – and they are suddenly up for it.  Look, if I knew how that happened or why, I would have to charge a lot more.  Sometimes, I really do think you just have to hang on in there, keep learning (or at least be reminded of) some tools and techniques, and then get to know and respect what your other management colleagues are bringing to the table.  it is slow but inevitably more sustainable then drafting in a new team to act as a broom.  Continuity is all , and the glue that holds the values and vision together .  Confidence and some success to sustain that confidence, is the magic dust to sprinkle on the glue.

If there is an absence of any of the following, I find teams are not dynamic, and often dysfunctional:

  1. Respect for the strengths each bring
  2. Mutual understanding of each others roles
  3. A shared common agreed and enacted Vision
  4. An agreed set of short and medium term goals
  5. Overlapping core values
  6. Passion – which creates disagreements on ‘how and why’
  7. Members are excellent at working through and getting past any difficulties
  8. Equal pain in division of tasks

We don’t have to say “Good Communication”.  If the above is in place, then good communication happens.

It is simple, elusive, volatile and so exciting to be involved with a highly effective team.  I did some market research into how often people feel they had been in a Rolls Royce type of team – one where everyone else in the organisation clamoured to be involved; even your competitor organisations knew about ‘that team’?

Most people said it had happened once or never at all in their working lives.

How sad is that?  And the thing that stopped the hyper effective team most often?  The leaders above didn’t support or respect the team, so they broke up.

But it is worth pursuing the dream…

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