Connecting with your Team
There are many wonderful team-based personality type diagnostics that you can try and they will tell you a lot about the way people are deemed to be. But that rarely develops into discussions around dynamics, behaviour and collective expectations. We work with our teammates day after day, and yet we rarely do we spend time to actually find things out that would make our collective lives a little nicer.
If you want “team building” then you can read elsewhere on our site that we believe it’s difficult to do that in a day, or indeed in a two-hour session. But if that really is what you want, then our HIIT squad will certainly have something for you to fulfil your brief. We just don’t call it “team building”. But if you are after something that specifically focuses on “connection” and team understanding, then we believe that these Connecting with your Team workshops will deliver what you want.
This work is closely related to our “Connecting to your Organisation” offer. But this time, we are dealing with humans and their interactions as opposed to the abstract notion of a vision, mission or values-based work. This time we are dealing with the reactions, perspectives, behaviours, habits and foibles of our team mates and of course, ourselves.
Our ‘connecting with teams’ workshops can vary in length style and level of introspection but they will all contain some consistencies that we believe are the cornerstones to establishing a good team ethos and ultimately influencing performance. They will build connection and begin to break down any difficulties, misunderstandings and barriers within teams. Oh, and by the way, we are not suggesting you have to be best friends with everyone in your team. You may not be as lucky as some who get on inside and outside of work; but what we will discover is how to find a way to professionally make those hours when we are at work enjoyable, productive and free of rancour.
In Connecting with your Team, we will consider:
- Establishing roles and responsibilities: We may all have job titles, but we have probably never considered how our job directly and indirectly affects other people within our team.
- What Makes You Tick?: an exploration of personality styles, drivers, motivations and bug bears and communication preferences.
- “Trust me, I’m a…”: How do we build trust? How do we break it? How can we rebuild it? Exploring trust as a concept and in reality
- “Stop Labelling, Start Understanding”: Taking time to find out who people are outside of work. What skills and qualifications do people have in their “home lives” that would be transferable to our team?