At x we are thinking about What does it take for us to excel?
You can either design a worksheet around this, or depending on the size of team, have these terms labelled on different sheets of paper, hanging around the room.
What we know is that teams which excel share some common characteristics and have spent time creating alignment and shared agreements around many of these items:
- · Clarity on goals
- · Communication channels
- · Role clarity
- · Resourcing needed (overlap, gaps etc)
- · Skills required
- · Materials needed
- · Shared, clear and energizing vision
- · Values
- · Feedback loops
- · How we have each other’s backs
If you choose to post these around the room have team members move to the one which they think the team is doing in well right now. If multiple people are at that sign have them talk about examples of when the team demonstrates it, and how it supports the team in “excelling”. If there is sufficient time have the team members share their insights around this.
In a second round, have team members now move to the one area they feel the team could focus on to help them “excel” more. Again, provide some time for individuals or small groups to identify what specific activities or behaviors would help the team excel more in that area.
From this you may have some concrete focus areas which you can then prioritize for the year! This activity will likely take 20-30 minutes for sufficient dialogue and planning, especially if the team is larger than 7 people.
What will it take for your team to excel?
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