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How clean is your team?
Spring is well and truly here, masquerading as summer with the best weather we’ve had in years. You’ve spring cleaned your home, feng shuid your office and brought out the summer business casual wardrobe, is that you done then?
If things are still looking a little cluttered, you may want to consider a spring clean for your team. We’re not suggesting you do a major clear out, perish the thought, but every now and then you need to dust down the team and get everyone fit for purpose or if they are already, make sure they stay at the top end of delivering high performance.
To find out more about spring cleaning your team visit our Teams page on our website.
Calling yourself a team doesn’t mean you automatically are one. Most teams are just groups of individuals who happen to report to the same person. For them to become a team, certain conditions need to exist. They need a common purpose and shared objectives and most of all they need occasions where they can actually be a team. As a senior manager you spend your time and energy leading departments or sections. When you come together with your peers, the fact that you all lead departments, doesn’t make you a team. To be a team you need to work together to run the organisation. We work with wannabe senior teams so they can establish their purpose, goals and priorities going forward. They leave our sessions with a clear sense of meaningful actions and the impetus to see them through.
Or have you done all that? You know what you need to do and how you should work together. You can call us to take you to the next stage. Once you have sorted your common purpose and priorities, you need to make the most of what you have in the team and that means understanding each other better. We work with teams to help them develop better relationships and a healthy climate by getting to know each other – their differing ways of communicating, presenting information and organising themselves; their endearing (or annoying) little foibles . We help teams make the most of themselves by harnessing similarities and embracing differences. After all, it takes all sorts to make a team.
Clients tell us our team development days make a significant impact to team performance. If you want to find out more, contact us for a chat.
Teams need regular MOTs, so once we have helped you establish your purpose and priorities and you understand each other better, you can start to measure your team against recognised and impactful characteristics of effectiveness. We have the tools to ensure you establish where you are strong, where you need extra elbow grease and where you need to put your energies for the team to really make an impact on results – to achieve more together than they would do alone.
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So spring into summer with a team wash and brush up. Your team will emerge cleaner, fresher and ready to face the next challenge with renewed vigour.