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When you are short of time, here is the one action that will give you 80 percent results in 20 percent of the time.
Get agreement on how your team will best work together.
BY DOING THIS
– Align on the purpose and goals of the team.
– Ask people to share the behaviours exhibited by the best and worst teams they have been a part of.
– Ask people to select three good behaviours they believe will enable the current team’s success.
Good relationships and aligned behaviours drive team performance. Managing early interactions will minimize tensions and speed up performance.
A project kick-off meeting provides an opportunity for people to share their working preferences and agree on how they can best collaborate. Start by discussing and agreeing on a common purpose and goals. Next, ask people to share their backgrounds to profile their skills and experience (and to build their confidence). Once people have shared their stories, ask them to list good and bad team behaviours they’ve seen. The final step is to ask them to select three good ones they believe will make the team successful and are committed to following. A shorter list that’s followed is better than a longer list forgotten.
TEAM BEHAVIOUR VISUALIZATION TOOL: What guidelines will my team follow to be effective (e.g., everyone has a voice, discussion before escalation, share information)?
Asking people to share common scenarios where the behaviours would be evident provides them with a mental image to follow.
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