In order to work across differences, we will want to:
- Help people identify and articulate their own strengths and uniqueness
- Support the team to see where common ground resides
- Support the team to note where gaps exist
- Support the team in understanding people’s preferences
- Support the team in establishing shared agreements of how they want to work together. These behavioral norms shape our team culture – who we are and how we do things. It’s an important part of understanding what’s acceptable and what’s not acceptable on the team.
With this knowledge in mind, and the tasks at hand, note what elements we each need to magnify and what we may also minimize.
As I wrote in June 2016:
There are a variety of differences which show up in teams every day -
from styles to technical skills.
Different approaches can be a source of strength if people are confident and knowledgeable in working across differences.
Some of these are signals that different styles may be at play:
- A look of confusion when one team member is speaking
- Multiple misunderstandings regarding what is being said or what needs to get done
* Spend time working on the relationship. Know what you uniquely bring, your
strengths, talents and preferences.
* How does this mesh with the collective? How might it not?
* What do others value?
* What adaptations are needed to your approaches?