Is your manager a mystery? Are you frustrated because you never seem to make your manager happy? Does it seem as though you and your manager never see things the same way?
Have you ever wondered why some teams just rock? It’s not just that they have fun, but they surmount every problem with a sense of ease and excitement. And everyone is a valued member of the team. And, face it, you’re envious.
You lead a team. Or do you? You have this unsettling feeling that you could be getting more out of your team, but struggle with how. You tell them you want their input, but you lead staff meetings by doing most of the talking or the talking is merely reporting out, not solving problems. That, and most of the good ideas are yours.
Are you tired of struggling to engage meeting participants? No one talks. Participants (using that term loosely, because of course there isn’t any participation!) look around whenever you ask for input? You are frustrated and tired of being the only one with ideas or even talking.
Are you at your wits’ end trying to deal with staff who don’t get along? The near constant stream of he-said, she-said is not just exhausting but it detracts from your team’s focus on the work. Worse yet, you feel like you’ve got to spend your time being a kindergarten cop. Not fun.
Individually, each of your team members is fantastic. They are smart, hardworking, and committed to excellence. But something isn’t right. And that something happens when they’re in a room together. They don’t seem to relate to each other and you’re not sure why. You just know that it’s affecting the team’s ability to deliver and that worries you.
Do you want to increase the collaboration on your team? You’ve got great people, you’ve invested in them and yet their performance both individually and as a team could be a lot better. Instead of seeking support from one another, they keep information and ideas to themselves. They don’t help each other. Meetings are boring and fail to produce results. If this sounds like your workplace, keep reading because there is hope!
You want to improve the culture in your workplace, but how do you make it happen? You’ve tried a culture-change initiative and it didn’t work. Or maybe you’ve heard from others who have. They complained about the results or lack thereof. Either way, you’re struggling with what to do next, because what you’re doing now just isn’t working. The culture isn’t changing and you’re tired of losing your best people.
What are the chilling effects of hierarchy? How do relationships and reporting structures affect your team dynamics and productivity? Check out our video to increase your awareness!
Highly effective teams have collaboration norms so that they don’t waste time by creating easily avoidable problems. Norms guide how teams work. They’re not the policies regarding vacation and sick leave, or emergency response protocols; nor do they define the roles, responsibilities, or human-resource processes. Rather, the norms govern how teams work together, reflect expectations, and prevent misunderstandings. Continue Reading