Are you planning a team building event? Perhaps you are working with a team that is struggling and needs some intervention. Or maybe a team that is already high-performing and wants to stay that way.
Where do you begin? First, it’s important to identify how you can best serve them. You may be tempted to facilitate your favorite team building activity; however, if you aren’t certain of the root challenges the team is facing, you are likely going to miss the mark, waste their time, and maybe even make things worse for the team.
The best way to determine WHAT they need and HOW you can help is to assess the team. It is important to assess the whole team – not just the leader – because even the most connected leaders have blind spots. To make a significant impact and get buy-in about the team building process, you need to gather input from everyone.
Here are two methods I use, both of which can be very effective, and the pros/cons of each:
Interviews are typically 30 minutes with each team member via the phone by an objective consultant outside of the team. Each person is asked questions about the strengths and opportunities of the team. The consultant then compiles this feedback into a report that identifies key themes. The report is shared with the team.
All team members take an online assessment answering questions about the team. The information is compiled into a report. The report is shared with the team.
Both interviews and online assessments provide a valuable starting place for all teams who want to improve their ways of working.
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Team Coaches and Facilitators can easily use The Better Teams’ – Team Coaching Assessment to gain insights about a team. The team report aligns with the Better Teams Model as a framework to identify areas to celebrate and opportunities to work on. The report comes with a Facilitator’s Guide to use to unpack the results with the team and identify actions to build a high-performing and happy team.
About the Author: Leigh Ann Rodgers, Founder of Better Teams and Forward, is an IAF Certified Professional Facilitator with 20 years of experience in the human development field. Leigh Ann is a skilled meeting facilitator, trainer, and coach working across the globe to help leaders cultivate teams that are happy and high-performing.
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