What Kind of Team are We?

A good part of my life has been spent in the field of team building.
Not the gaggy, role playing, touchy feely kind of team building. The how do we become a more highly effective group of people, kind of team building. The kind of team building wherein everyone on the team becomes aware of and understands exactly what kind of team they should be and exactly how they are going to get there.

It never ceases to amaze me how a group of people can become more effective by simply discussing their current team effectiveness and where they believe it needs to go in an effort to achieve the teams objectives.

So here’s the challenge: Have your Board, leadership team, staff, or department discuss what things the team is doing in regards to role clarification, mission, communication and overall effectiveness. Whenever I am leading a team in this exercise, I use my “Team Continuum”  1-10 scale model and ask them to vote anonymously.  It’s probably a great idea to hire a well-seasoned team building consultant to facilitate these discussions. After the group’s votes have been tallied and the average number has been assigned, I ask them to vote on where the team should be.

The discussion on how to get where they think the team should be is always interesting, energetic, insightful, and informative. If you would like to know more about this very effective team building tool and want to help your team understand what kind of team they are, and more importantly how to become more effective, please contact me. I will be happy to discuss this with you.

Terry Wisner, is the Founder and President of The CPO Institute. Helping individuals and organizations become more highly effective.