The ‘Spring clean your team’ challenge!
With winter behind us, Spring is now the perfect time to check-in with your team and do some ‘Spring Cleaning’. By cleaning out any team ‘cob webs’, your team will continue to be healthier, happier and more productive.
The 5 Step ‘Spring Clean’ Challenge
1. Check – in with each team member
Working effectively together means that we need to have strong and healthy relationships with our team mates. An effective way to continue to build these relationships is to take time out with our colleagues for an informal chat to find out how they are going (with both work and life in general). What you will discover will go a long way to understand how and why they are behaving the way they are.
2. Have a team de-brief
When is the last time you sat down with the team and spent time reflecting on how the team is functioning, from a behavioural point of view?
Facilitated well, a meaningful team de-brief will provide a great opportunity for team members to both contribute and listen to other’s points of view on the good and the challenging behaviours that are impacting on team morale and performance.
3. Set up your team Agreement
Team Agreements are an effective way of identifying acceptable and non-acceptable behaviours within the team. They are ‘Agreements’ and not ‘rules’ as they are development by consensus. An example Agreement may be ‘We will be open and honest in our communication’
Agreements set expectations and are owned by all team members. This ownership leads to greater buy-in and accountability amongst the team. Teams that set up, implement and live their Agreements are happier, more productive and achieve greater results.
4. Address and clean out any ‘dirty dynamics’ within the team
After following the the steps above, you should now have an awareness of any ‘dirty’ or poor behaviours that are impacting on the morale and the performance of the team.
You will have also used your Team Agreements to ‘draw a line in the sand’. Team members will now be aware of which side of the line they need to be on and the appropriate behaviours to match.
Now that the whole team understands and are clear on behavioural expectations, there is no excuse for poor behaviour outside the Agreements. You must now act on those that are not willing to adapt.
5. Develop or re-visit your Team Development Strategy
Your Team Development Strategy is the key to the success of your team. It not only includes your team Agreements but also a vision of what ‘success’ for the team looks like (eg. high morale and low turnover)
Once you have clarity around this vision, you can set up a Team Development Strategy that is designed to ensure this Vision is achieved.
Spring Clean your team to ensure healthy and productive relationships and healthy results!
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