Programmes for teams

Perspectives - Programmes for teams

In modern working life we are all encouraged to be specialised. But specialisation means different perspectives – even different languages. Team members need to see beyond these, or they will tend to stereotype each other and inhibit true listening.

In addition to functional expertise, teams have temperamental assets which must be understood if they are to be fully harnessed. Who is the starter, the finisher, the born leader, the careful one, the risk taker, and the perfectionist?

The value of these temperamental factors will vary in different situations – they can be devastating if played at the wrong time, masterstrokes when deployed well. Failure to harness the temperamental balance is one of the main reasons teams make great plans and then find somehow nothing happens.

Once a team has worked together for a while it will develop a ‘working formation’. This formation can have great strengths, but can become rigid and unable to change as the needs of the individuals, the company, or the times (usually all three) evolve. Then individuals start to assume limits to what each can do within the team and what can collectively be achieved. Over time the assumed limits start to look like an unchangeable reality.

Teams - Desired outcomes

As a coach, I start with no assumptions about the limits of the team. What I am looking for is an overdeveloped sense of history, fixed views of each other, stereotyping – all the things that inhibit flexibility of response and mutual support in a team formation. I’m also looking to surface hidden assumptions that restrict your views of what can be accomplished, and how the temperamental balance can be exploited.

So you might want:
True listening, which moves you beyond fixed expectations of each other.

To create a sense of collective confidence and endeavor which cuts across departmentalism and specialism.

To create an environment where the ‘difficult’ issues and blockages which all teams encounter can be confidently raised and resolved, not deferred.

‘Time out’ for the full generation and exploration of all strategic options, so they finally after all these months (or years!) come off the back burner.

To surmount the sense of being trapped by circumstances, lighten up and enjoy working life a lot more.

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