As a starting point this week, I’m reaching back to 2015 for this post which included 6 questions to consider with your team: Read it here.
1. When are we at our best as a team?
2. What strengths can we leverage in our work and projects?
3. How do we have each others' backs?
4. How will we hold each other accountable for our results?
5. If we were to tweak/change one thing about how we work as a team that would be.....
6. I'm excited about _______ in the next few months.
Promoting regular, and quick discussion, across the team around questions such as these help with creating a common understanding and vision, as well as creating more alignment across teams. Alignment doesn’t mean that everyone is doing the same thing. Rather, it means that team members are able to understand how their work connects with others, and how they can lead from a common ground.
Books, and audio books, are always a great resource to learn more on the topic of teamwork, so I wanted to pull together several of the reading lists I’ve provided over the years.
Here are five books I shared around teamwork in December 2015 in Teams365 #715:
You might be interested in checking out:
Team Genius - Rich Karlgaard and Michael S. Malone
Primal Teams - Jackie Baretta
The Silo Effect - Gillian Tett
Collaboration Begins with You - Be a Silo Buster - Ken Blanchard, Jane Ripley and Eunice Parisi-Carew. Check it out here.
Collaborative Intelligence - Dawna Markova and Angie McArthur. Check it out here.
As well as these a few days later in Teams365 #718:
Strengths Based Leadership = Tom Rath and Barry Conchie
Manager's Guide to Virtual Teams - Kimball Fisher and Maureen Fisher
Talk Like TED - Carmine Gallo
Visual Teams - David Sibbert
A couple of other books from 2017 and 2018 I have been enjoying myself and recommending to teams and others:
Amy Edmondson and Jean-Francois Harvey - Extreme Teams
Shane Snow - Dream Teams
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