HIGH PERFORMING TEAMS
Experience tells us that high performing teams are born out of a solid foundation of mutual goals; an understanding of individual responsibilities, relationships and priorities; trust and effective communication. In addition, teams who have ‘challenging conversations’ and ‘speak the unspeakable’ are better able to manage any conflict or differing points of view.
We know how challenging this can be. When working with teams, we focus on creating a supportive but challenging environment, one that invites everyone to own and speak ‘their truth’. In the early stages, this can mean facilitating interactions between team members until they are confident to do it for themselves.
To help individual team members learn more about their own preferred style – and that of others – we sometimes introduce additional tools such as the Myers Briggs Type Indicator – or MBTI. This creates a common language for exploration and keeps people away from ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, ‘good’ and ‘bad’. By developing an increased awareness of self and others, individuals can make informed choices about how they interact.
Situations where we work with teams include: