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Developing a strong team identity and team culture is even more important in a virtual space, given that we may be members of several different groups at any given time. Without the virtual cues around us, team culture in the remote space needs to be made explicit.
Our team culture can take many shapes and may include:
Strong team culture is an important part of belonging and connection.
Team culture is “how we do things here.” Identity is knowing that you are part of a bigger entity.
In developing your team culture, consider the following:
• What’s important to us?
• What are the things we hold to be “true”?
• What three adjectives describe us?
• How do others describe us?
• What are the things we value?
• Who do we aspire to be?
• What is taboo on this team?
• What is non-negotiable?
• What is not ever complete on this team?
• What doesn’t get attention?
• Where do I begin in my workflow?
The flip side or underbelly of a strong team culture is that it leads to silos and a fractioning. When our team culture is strong, it may be impermeable to others, and thus creates a wall. Teams will want to be sure that they are open enough that team culture is not a barrier, but rather a signal of expectations and agreements.
Questions: Consider the icons and images which surround your team. What does it say about your culture?”
I hope that you will take some time to discuss the questions posed here.
Enjoy the conversation!
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