1. Create a shared focus. I have written quite a bit in recent weeks of the importance of vision. Vision is important for us on an individual level as well as a team level. At one of your first team meetings this year, discuss your shared vision and focus for the year. What will success look like at the end of the year? What are key activities everyone is coming to be moving towards?
2. Dedicate time for the team - Great teams don't just happen naturally. They evolve with time dedicated to it. In recent posts I've encouraged teams to consider regular touch points that are dedicated to planning and team development. These should not be just check box activities but should each have a focus. At the same time it is important to also consider what's working and "break out of any molds" you might be creating with your molds.
Activity: Grab a calendar and think about what your regular team meetings will look like and 2-3 others thorughouth the year. What will be the focus of each? Who will lead them? What's going to amp them up in terms of impact?
3. Keep goals visible and alive - one of the major challenges with goals in business today is that they are focused on so much at one time of the year and then never looked at again. Goals should be living and breathing and visible. Keeping the goals visible and alive for the team is key.
Activity: Consider how goals will be visible for the team.
4. Make it fun - What fun means varies for each team. Make sure whatever you are doing is resonant for the team members themselves. Watch the ruts you are getting into.
Activity: Consider what fun means for the team.
5. Get everyone involved. Developing future team leaders is often a mandate for most of us as team leaders as our own tenure will come to a close at some time. Getting everyone involved in creating team activities can be empowering to team members.
Activity: Consider who on your team would benefit and excel in taking a more active role in hosting, coordinating or doing team meetings.
Have a great start to the week,
Jennifer Britton, MES, CPT, PCC
Potentials Realized: Coaching | Teamwork | Leadership
Supporting Team Leaders to do their best work, one conversation at a time
Author of From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013)
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