Earlier this week we explored trust, yesterday safety, and today connection?
Today I am reaching back to an article I wrote on Linked In to share several ways Connection can be fostered, including:
In addition to trust, teams need to feel connected with each other. When teams or forming, or teams are virtual, there may be more of an emphasis on “getting to know each other”. Many of these activities do not take a lot of time and can be scheduled as part of your regular team meetings.
Quick Team Presentations—On a rotational basis have each team member provide a short (and informal) presentation about their work/role, priorities and what connections they see between their work and others on the team. This might only take 10-15 minutes of the meeting, and can be invaluable in helping each team member get to know each other, as well as understand the myriad of priorities which exist on the team.
Use Visuals—Ask each team member select a photo of what their vision is for either their work or the team. Use the same question for each team member. Enabling people to choose from photos often makes the sharing feel less risky than leaving the question hanging wide open. CoachingToys.com has a variety of decks to choose from. I've also spotlighted the Conversation Sparker Deck we have created which includes both photos and questions team leaders can select from.
“Brag Time”—Ask each team member to share one thing about their past experience that they are really proud of. We know that allowing people to lead from strengths boosts productivity and also positivity within a team. Another way to phrase this question is, "What is one strength you bring to the team?" See past Teams365 posts on strengths here.
Create a Logo—Have people create a logo which represents what they uniquely bring to the team. I call this the personal logo activity and expand on it in my book Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010).
What other ways can you help team members feel connected with each other?
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